Gov. Steve Beshear and the two candidates for U.S. Senate — Democratic Jack Conway and Republican Rand Paul – will headline the speakers at the Aug. 7 Fancy Farm political picnic in Graves County.
Mark Wilson, political chairman for the picnic that traditionally starts the fall election campaigns, has released a list of confirmed speakers. The event, on the grounds of St. Jerome Catholic Church in Fancy Farm, is free to the public.
Others besides the governor and U.S. Senate candidates speaking at the picnic will be Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, Democratic U.S. Rep. candidate Charles Hatchett, state Sen. Ken Winters, state Rep. Fred Nesler, state Senate candidates Mike East and Rex Smith and state representative candidates Steven Rudy and Mike Lawrence.
Wilson said invited politicians who have not confirmed to speak include U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, state Auditor Crit Luallen, state Treasurer Todd Hollenbach and state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer.
The political speaking will begin at 2 p.m. local time. Emcee with be House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown.
Wilson said he expects C-Span will televise the event live in coordination with the Kentucky Educational Television network.