Fancy Farm schedules speakers for annual political picnic

July 06, 2011 | | Comments 7

The crowd at the 130th annual Fancy Farm Picnic held signs and yelled as politicians spoke. Photo by Tom Eblen.

By Jack Brammer –

Candidates for governor, U.S. senators and a “farewell” speech by Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo will highlight this year’s Fancy Farm picnic, which traditionally kicks off the fall campaigns in Kentucky.

Mark Wilson, political chairman for the 131st annual picnic on Aug. 6 at St. Jerome Catholic Church in the small Western Kentucky community of Fancy Farm, released information Wednesday about the picnic’s political speaking program.

Wilson said Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Republican Senate President David Williams have confirmed they will speak at the picnic about their campaigns for governor.

Wilson also said Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith, who is running for governor as an independent, will be invited to speak if his required candidacy papers have been formalized.

Each candidate’s running mate also will speak.

The picnic, attended by thousands, has set aside time for a “farewell” speech from Mongiardo, who decided to run last year for U.S. Senate instead of being a running mate again with Beshear. Others to give “farewell” speeches are Secretary of State Elaine Walker and Auditor Crit Luallen.

The program also will feature U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, along with state Sen. Ken Winters and Rep. Fred Nesler.

Wilson has set aside eight minutes for any presidential candidate, but so far, none is on the agenda.

Candidates for secretary of state, auditor, attorney general, treasurer and agriculture commissioner are included on the program.

Democratic Marshall County Judge-Executive Mike Miller will be the emcee for this year’s program, which begins at 2 p.m. CDT.

Wilson said the Kentucky Educational Television network will provide a live broadcast of the program, along with WYMC radio in Mayfield.

Local cooks will start putting 19,000 pounds of pork and mutton on the pits at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, in advance of the picnic’s start at 10 a.m. the following morning.

Music entertainment for the picnic, which is free to attend, will be provided by Lew Jetton and 61 South on Friday evening, Jennifer Fox and the Pillowfighters Saturday evening and No Tools Loaned Saturday morning and afternoon.

Democrats are planning to hold a breakfast Saturday morning at Mayfield High School and Republicans will hold theirs at Graves County High School.

Filed Under: 2015 Statewide RacesAgriculture CommissionerCrit LuallenDaniel MongiardoDavid WilliamsElectionsMitch McConnellRand PaulRepublican PartySteve Beshear

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  1. jeff willis says:

    Kentucky will be a “battleground” state. The Attorney General’s race will take on a greater degree of importance due to “Obamacare” and Jack Conway’s rapid support of it. If David Williams can convince Tea party members that he will represent them, he might win. He must, however, overcome the two partisan newspapers who are solidly pro-Democrat…

  2. Buck Feshear says:

    If Beshear does win in a landslide, it will prove true all those stereotypes about Kentuckians being stupid, dumb and ignorant. No one with any amount of sense should vote for him after what he has done (or failed to do) during this term. Is Kentucky better off than it was four years ago? Hell no.

  3. W.D.Workman says:

    Gatewood for Governor!

  4. Halyn says:

    Governor Beshear has done a good job, all things considered. He should be re-elected.

  5. There is only one good choice for governor/lieutenant governor this year; and that is the Gatewood/Riley INDEPENDENT ticket.

    For too long Republicans and Democrats have pretended to care about the folk in Kentucky while putting their cronies into important (read overpaid) positions even though they were not even qualified.

    Our current governor has failed us in many ways; and Williams would turn Kentucky into a third world country if he wins.

    I\’ll be voting for the BEST of the three teams: Gatewood/Riley.

  6. Kenny Madden says:

    We have three choices for governor this year. If you want four more years of moderate economic decline, then vote for Steve Beshear. If you want four years of devastating economic decline, then vote for David Williams. However, if you would like to see Kentucky restored to economic prosperity, the only choice is Gatewood/Riley. No other ticket offers a plan to create jobs, while balancing the budget. Not only are Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley fiscal conservatives, they’re also advocates of small farmers. With our votes, Kentucky can go from being like a second world country to being a beacon of prosperity. Now’s the time.

  7. Geoff Young says:

    Voters are not stupid, but many are motivated by FEAR when they step into that voting booth. The best candidate for Governor is Gatewood Galbraith (and Dea Riley) BY FAR. They best represent my core values of being pro-environment, pro-working people, pro-diversity, and pro-peace. Williams is a bully and Beshear is nothing at all. Ky has had no governor for the last 3.5 years. Too many voters FEAR the other big party & vote the party line instead of voting for the one who will make the best Governor. To cast your precious vote on the basis of FEAR is a fundamentally cowardly act. We’ll see whether Ky chooses to be ruled by FEAR in November or demands a change of course by voting Independent.