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140th Fancy Farm will just be picnic on Aug. 1 — no political speeches this year; more details coming

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Fancy Farm’s annual picnic is still a go for August, but without the political speeches, organizers said this week on social media. 
Rev. Darrell Venters of St. Jerome Catholic Church posted on the Fancy Farm Facebook page about the 140th picnic on Aug. 1. He said there will not be any political speeches, WPSD and the Mayfield Messenger reported. Fancy Farm last year...

Constance Alexander: Forgoing the miracle of Fancy Farm by staying close to home for some reflection

Along with the 19,500 pounds of barbecue served up at the annual Fancy Farm picnic, there is enough hot air to lift the tiny town of 500 aloft. In just one day, the local population balloons to 10,000, and St. Jerome Catholic Church raises enough money to support church projects and finance local improvements. The raucous proceedings are not exactly the kind of thing one might associate with a saint....

KET to air live coverage of Fancy Farm picnic; Kentucky’s premier political event begins Aug. 5

KET will provide comprehensive coverage of Fancy Farm 2017, the state’s premier political event. The network will present both live and highlighted coverage of the event. Live coverage of Fancy Farm 2017, hosted by KET’s Casey Parker-Bell, begins Saturday, Aug. 5 at 3/2 pm on KET and online at KET.org. Live coverage continues through 5/4 pm, and the afternoon’s political stump speeches will...

Bevin opts out of appearance at Fancy Farm picnic, but attorney general Beshear will be on hand

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Republican Gov. Matt Bevin will not be adding any sizzle to the always fiery speeches that will be delivered in this tiny western Kentucky town next month. Bevin will skip the annual Fancy Farm picnic this year, citing a schedule conflict. But his Democratic nemesis, Attorney General Andy Beshear, will be there. The pair have been embroiled in an ongoing political tussle...