Fancy Farm en Boisterous Political Supporters Make Fancy Farm What It Is <p>Thousands of people attend the annual Fancy farm picnic every August for the barbecue, mutton and games and, of course, the fiery political speeches. But just as big a part as that is the audience members who traditionally cheer for their own candidates, jeer their opponents and, more often than not, steal the show.</p><p>Joe Corcoran spoke with a Warren County businesswoman who made the trip this year to proudly wear her t-shirt, hold up her signs and to make her presence known. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:11:25 +0000 Joe Corcoran 35169 at Grimes Blasts Kentucky's Senior Senator at Fancy Farm, while McConnell Takes Aim at Obama <p>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.</p><p>Grimes, Kentucky's 34-year-old Secretary of State, accused McConnell of being a part of the "disease of dysfunction" in Washington, and blocking legislation just to spite the White House.</p><p>"If doctors told Senator McConnell he had a kidney stone, he'd refuse to pass it," said Grimes.</p><p>McConnell touted his Senate leadership and ignored Grimes, aiming his criticism at President Barack Obama. Both candidates in next year's Senate race spoke at the Fancy Farm picnic on Saturday in western Kentucky.</p><p>McConnell told a raucous crowd that Obama's health-care law is a "disaster", and said he will focus his campaign on the damage the President's policies are having in the Bluegrass State. Sun, 04 Aug 2013 13:03:24 +0000 Associated Press 35004 at Kentucky Senate Candidates to Share Stage at Annual Fancy Farm Picnic <p>Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, up for re-election next year, will share a stage Saturday afternoon with his top challengers at the always raucous church picnic known for spicy barbecue and even spicier speeches.</p><p>The event — a holdover from the days before television, when politicians had to seek out crowds to solicit votes — draws thousands of people each year to the tiny western Kentucky community of Fancy Farm and is considered a must-attend for politicians.</p><p>It will provide voters the first side-by-side comparison of McConnell and his foes — Republican primary opponent Matt Bevin and Democratic front-runner Alison Lundergan Grimes — in a charged political climate with the candidates taking turns trying to shout their speeches over jeering hecklers.</p><p>"From a purely political standpoint, it's a test for candidates," said Greg Higdon, a former state senator who helps with the picnic, now in its 133rd year. "There have been some politicians who have handled it better than others. It's not easy. I know it's tough." Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:17:59 +0000 Associated Press 34950 at Bevin to Speak at Fancy Farm, Along with McConnell and Grimes <p>Republican <a href="" target="_blank">Matt Bevin</a> will be in the tiny community of Fancy Farm next week when politicians gather for a heated afternoon of stump speeches.</p><p>Bevin, a newcomer to the U.S. Senate race, will share the stage with Senate Republican Leader <a href="" target="_blank">Mitch McConnell </a>and the top Democratic challenger, Secretary of State <a href="" target="_blank">Alison Lundergan Grimes </a>on Aug. 3.</p><p>Though the election isn't until next year, the campaign is in full swing. TV ads have been running for weeks already.</p><p>One of the Fancy Farm organizers, Mark Wilson, said Bevin was confirmed as a speaker after he announced his candidacy on Wednesday. Two of Kentucky's highest-profile Democrats, Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, <a href="" target="_blank">won't attend </a>the event.</p><p>The political speeches are part of a church picnic that doubles as a fundraiser for St. Jerome Parish. The annual event typically draws some 10,000 people and generates about $250,000. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:35:29 +0000 Associated Press 34552 at McConnell and Grimes to Both Speak at Fancy Farm Picnic <p>The Fancy Farm picnic will be the backdrop for an early face-off between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.</p><p>Both campaigns said Tuesday their candidates will attend the Aug. 3 event in western Kentucky.</p><p>McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said the Republican senator wants to hear Grimes' views on health care, coal and gun rights.</p><p>Grimes political adviser Jonathan Hurst referred to McConnell as "Sen. Gridlock" and said the campaign looks forward to hearing the senator defend to his long record in Washington.</p><p>McConnell is seeking election to a sixth Senate term next year. Grimes is in her first term as Kentucky's secretary of state. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:19:56 +0000 Associated Press 34102 at