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Bluegrass & Backroads: Fancy Farm Picnic draws big crowds for barbecue, political speeches

The annual Fancy Farm Picnic, sponsored by St. Jerome Catholic Church in the far western part of the state, quickly transformed into Kentucky’s inaugural event for the statewide fall political season. Some of the nation’s most prominent politicians have addressed crowds of up to 15,000 from the speakers’ stand. This year’s event will be held Aug. 5.

Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue.

But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s so much more to the Bluegrass State and its people, culture and rural charm. Shrader and Hilton combine their talents to produce the award-winning Bluegrass & Backroads, a 30-minute program aired regionally on the Kentucky Education Television networks and nationally via satellite on RFD-TV through Dish Network, DirecTV and several major cable outlets.

For more information about Bluegrass & Backroads, including a list of the stations on which the show airs and schedules, visit the show’s website. The program’s Youtube Page can be found here.

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