July 26, 2019 Blog, Press Release

The Road to Fancy Farm

By: Katie Okumu and Leah Childs, KDP Interns

Politicians will travel across the commonwealth to attend a west Kentucky tradition of pork, pie, and politics the first Saturday of August, in Fancy Farm. The population of Fancy Farm, which typically sits just below 500, will skyrocket to a projected 10,000 as politicos flock to one of the most western counties in the state.

Fancy Farm expands beyond the day of the picnic to include luncheons, dinners, and fundraisers in days prior. Gatherings are typically hosted by county party organizations and guests are charged a small fee to help fundraise.  Popular events for Democrats include the Alben Barkley Dinner, the Mike Miller Democratic Bean Dinner,  the Danny Ross Labor Luncheon, and the Graves County Democratic Breakfast.

Opening this year’s Fancy Farm event include lawmakers who represent Graves County, where Fancy Farm is held: U.S. Congressman James Comer, state Sen. Stan Humphries, and state Rep. Richard Heath.

Andy Beshear, who stumped at Fancy Farm last year as Kentucky Attorney General, is ready to take the stage this year as the Democratic nominee in the Gubernatorial race. His opponent, Matt Bevin, has been on a two-year hiatus from Fancy Farm since 2014 and has openly discussed his dislike of the event.

Democratic candidates up and down the ticket in 2019 are ready to rally their supporters at the main event.

2019 Fancy Farm Attendees

* Note: Republican U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have not yet confirmed they will appear but have not declined to attend.

Below is a complete list of speakers, including candidates for constitutional office, in order of appearance:

  • Master of Ceremonies Mr. Bill Goodman
  • KY Senator Stan Humphries
  • KY Representative Richard Heath
  • US Congressman James Comer
  • Governor Matt Bevin
  • Governor Candidate Andy Beshear
  • Lt. Governor Candidate Ralph Alvarado
  • Lt. Governor Candidate Jaqueline Coleman 
  • Ag. Commissioner Candidate Robert Conway
  • Ag. Commissioner Candidate Ryan Quarles
  • Secretary of State Candidate Mike Adams
  • Secretary of State Candidate Heather French Henry
  • Attorney General Candidate Daniel Cameron
  • Attorney General Candidate Greg Stumbo
  • Treasurer Allison Ball
  • Treasurer Candidate Michael Bowman 
  • Auditor Candidate Sheri Donahue
  • Auditor Candidate Mike Harmon
  • KY Supreme Court Candidate Shea Nickel
  • KY Supreme Court Candidate Whitney Westerfield

For those looking forward to attending Fancy Farm, it is important to plan ahead. Average August temperatures in Kentucky are in the high 80s which can prove dangerous for people planning to spend a long day in the sun. It is recommended that one wear lightweight, light-colored clothing and drink plenty of water the day of the event (don’t wait until you’re thirsty to get hydrated)!