Fancy Farm Picnic

Organizers of the Fancy Farm picnic say they want to tone down the heckling that has come to define Kentucky's signature political event.

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LEXINGTON, Ky.-- The 133rd annual Fancy Farm Picnic is now behind us, and as expected the core focus of the raucous political speechifying concerned the 2014 U- S Senate race.  For some analysis on where the respective campaigns go from here, we turn to our own political blogger Ken Kurtz.

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FANCY FARM, Ky. - Democratic Senate front-runner Alison Lundergan Grimes has portrayed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as being a chief Republican obstructionist as the rivals shared the spotlight at Kentucky's premier political event.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- If you are a political junkie or you just like to feast on mouth watering Western Kentucky barbecue there’s really only one place to be this weekend.   Saturday's Fancy Farm picnic in Graves County draws thousands of folks for a fund raiser for Saint Jerome’s Parish and of course features highly partisan stump speeches from politicians across the commonwealth.  Al Cross, the director of UK’s Center for Rural Journalism and Community Issues has been making that trek for years.  He spoke Friday with WUKY's Alan Lytle about what to expect this year.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Political tensions could rise to a fever pitch at next month’s Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County, Kentucky.  WUKY has learned that newly declared Republican Senatorial candidate Matt Bevin will also speak at the event.

Bevin will share the stage with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and the top Democratic challenger, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Aug. 3.

Though the election isn't until next year, the campaign is in full swing. TV ads have been running for weeks already.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson will skip next week's church picnic in the western Kentucky community of Fancy Farm.  Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon said Wednesday they're unable to go.

FANCY FARM, Ky.  - The absence of many Democrats gave Republicans plenty of fodder at this year's Fancy Farm Picnic.  Republicans from U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell down to local legislative candidates took shots at state Democrats and President Barack Obama throughout the event.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  -  This year's Fancy Farm picnic will feature few notable speakers. And as Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston reports, many statewide elected Democrats are skipping this year’s event.

FRANKFORT, Ky.  -- Governor Steve Beshear is traveling to Europe for business meetings aimed at creating more jobs for Kentucky.