Politicians get just a few minutes to make cases at annual Fancy Farm picnic

Mitch McConnell may be the leader of the U.S. Senate, but at Saturday’s Fancy Farm picnic, he gets six minutes to address the crowd. Only Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear get more time – eight minutes each – because they’re on the November ballot this year.
Beshear, a Lexington Democrat, is challenging the incumbent Bevin, R-Louisville.
This year marks the 139th annual picnic, which is a fundraiser for St. Jerome Catholic Church in the small Graves County town of Fancy Farm.
Others running for constitutional offices also will be on the Fancy Farm stage, as will elected officials who represent the Graves County town in Washington and Frankfort.
Bevin’s running mate, state Sen. Ralph Alvarado, and Beshear’s running mate, Jacqueline Coleman, will speak after the gubernatorial nominees, but will have only three minutes apiece.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Bowling Green, will not attend. A spokeswoman said he will be on a mission trip performing eye surgeries.
Retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath, who is challenging McConnell in next year’s election, will not participate, either.
Four Libertarians are on the November ballot, but are not on the Fancy Farm speakers list: the gubernatorial slate of Ann Cormican, of Paris, and John Hicks, of Louisville; agriculture commissioner nominee Josh Gilpin, of Sedalia; auditor nominee Kyle Hugenberg, of Louisville.

Here is the rest of Saturday’s lineup and the minutes each will have on stage, confirmed as of July 27:
• State Sen. Stan Humphries, R-Cadiz – 2
• State Rep. Richard Heath, R-Mayfield – 2
• U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-Tompkinsville – 6
• Agriculture commissioner candidate Robert Conway, D-Georgetown – 4
• Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown – 4
• Secretary of state candidate Mike Adams, R-Lyndon – 4
• Secretary of state candidate Heather French Henry, D-Louisville – 4
• Attorney general candidate Daniel Cameron, R-Louisville – 4
• Attorney general candidate Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg – 4
• Treasurer Allison Ball, R-Prestonsburg – 4
• Treasurer candidate Michael Bowman, D-Louisville – 4
• Auditor candidate Sheri Donahue, D-Frankfort – 4
• Auditor Mike Harmon, R-Danville – 4
• Kentucky Supreme Court candidate Judge Shea Nickell – 3
• Kentucky Supreme Court candidate state Sen. Whitney Westerfield – 3

Laura Cullen Glasscock, editor and publisher

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