Fancy Farm

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Michael Monks/The River City News

It's barely a spot on the map at all, but every time the first Saturday in August rolls around, the tiny community of Fancy Farm becomes the center of Kentucky politics. A small covered stage placed in the middle of the St. Jerome Parish Festival in the far western reaches of the commonwealth is traipsed by Kentucky’s most influential political names as they hurl jokes and not-so-veiled insults at one another, all while being heckled by the virulently partisan crowds.

Updated 6:06 PM (Eastern)

At this year’s Fancy Farm picnic, Kentucky politicians tried to sandbag their opponents by tying them to national issues.

Gov. Matt Bevin will return to the Fancy Farm picnic stage this summer after a two year absence from Kentucky’s premier political event.

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The City of Cincinnati clears out a homeless camp, again. A Cincinnati Police officer tases an 11-year-old girl. Hamilton County Commissioners put a levy on the November ballot to fund children's services. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is a no-show for the annual Fancy Farm Picnic, but Democrats and teachers had their say. And the race between Democrat Amy McGrath and Republican Andy Barr to represent Kentucky's 6th Congressional District heats up.

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Timothy D. Easley / AP

Gov. Matt Bevin didn’t show up to the state’s premiere political speaking event in Fancy Farm, Kentucky, last weekend. His absence came as his favorability rating hit a new low and rumors swirl over whether he will seek re-election next year. Meanwhile, Kentucky Democrats are trying to claw their way back into power, but are at a historic low point of registered voters and elected offices in the state. 

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Timothy D. Easley / AP

The annual Fancy Farm political speaking event takes place this weekend, signaling the unofficial kickoff of the fall election season in Kentucky. 

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Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons

The president of the National Rifle Association is speaking at Murray State University the night before one of the state’s largest political events this summer, but organizers of the August 4th Fancy Farm Picnic are unsure if he will make an appearance at their event.

Kentucky's Fancy Farm: Chopped Mutton, Politicians Hurling Insults

Aug 3, 2015
Rob Canning

For some in Western Kentucky, the annual Fancy Farm Picnic is about chopped mutton and pork, bingo and music.

But for the rest of the state it’s that weekend in August when politicians roll up their shirt sleeves and yell into a sea of cheers and boos.