Community readies itself for annual tradition, politics


Reporter - Todd Faulkner
Photojournalist - David Dycus

FANCY FARM, Ky. — "The World's Largest One Day Barbecue" is just one week away.

It's a time when thousands of people will gather together to gobble up thousands of pounds of barbecue pork and mutton in Graves County during the 132nd Annual Fancy Farm Picnic.

Two of the major races include Democrat Carroll Hubbard and Republican Stan Humphries running for State Senate and Democrat Kelly Whitaker and Republican Richard Heath running for State Representative.

"Both them races, they're going to be really hotly contested races between the Senate and the House," Political Chairman Mark Wilson said. "On the House side, they're trying to tilt the majority toward the Republican Party and of course the Senate side, they're wanting to tilt it back towards the Democrat majority."

While political races like the one between Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield and his opponent Democrat Charles Hatchett attract the most attention, a close second is the food, games and friendly atmosphere.

"We really like to demonstrate true southern hospitality," Wilson added. "We expect it to be hot again but that's Fancy Farm."

Senator Mitch McConnell will attend Fancy Farm this year, but his counterpart Senator Rand Paul will not because of family obligations in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will be in Germany on an economic related trip but is sending Greg Stumbo to speak on his behalf.

For more information on Fancy Farm Picnic events, click here.

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