Fancy Farm Picnic kicks off successfully
FANCY FARM, Ky—Saturday proved that a little rain was not enough to keep thousands of people from heading out to experience the annual political showcase. But, the speeches on stage are only half of the fun. The picnic committee said it has been preparing for this day since February. The committee said it takes months to plan out all of the politics, the food, and the fun people have come to expect every year.
It was a rainy, soggy day for all the people out at the Fancy Farm Picnic on Saturday, but it did not seem from coming out and enjoying games like soda ring pop. Thousands of people went to the Fancy Farm Picnic and Picnic Chairman Daniel Burgess said the hours of preparations are worth it.
Children games, sizzling BBQ and political speeches take a lot of preparations. "It's a tradition, everybody wants to keep it alive, so put a grin on and go," said Burgess.
Burgess said, "Everybody pitches in, kind of old saying many hands make light work and just magically happens." Burgess said he was satisfied with the turnout.
Burgess said, "Looking at this crowd show up and everybody coming, supporting our community. it makes it all worth it."
Last year, the picnic raised more than $250,000 for St. Jerome Parish and Music Director Lacy Riddle said she is thankful. "We're able to do a lot of activities in our Parish for our youth and elderly or people who just need help. We can't provide it without the picnic," said Riddle.
Volunteer Alan Webb has high expectations for the picnic. Webb said, "I'd say around a hundred thousand people show up today or more."
The picnic brings the community together for a great cause. Riddle said, "The noise, the excitement, the kids screaming everywhere. It's just a lot of fun for everyone."
The picnic is expected to wrap up around 10:30 p.m. Even if the skies open up again, a lot of these people say they will not be heading home early. Burgess said crews will start cleaning up Sunday morning and it should be completely finished by noon.