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Fancy Farm 2016: Signs shout messages
One of the more obscure sign messages at Fancy Farm 2016.
Fancy Farm 2016: Signs shout messages

...An integral part of the annual Fancy Farm Picnic political speaking, a/k/a slug fest, is the American art form of signs and posters.

At this year's gathering, over thirty separate sign designs were in sight. What follows the jump is a slide show of some of them.

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  Fancy Farm Fires Ignite Passions for Political Battle
Fancy Farm Fires Ignite Passions for Political Battle

...For over fifty years of the great Fancy Farm homecoming event, these fires have foretold of great events on the following day of change, politics, men and women who dare to seize power or keep power over the Kingdom.

McConnell is the King of Kentucky politics. For 40 years, he has ruled with an iron fist to control the Republican Party as well as state politics. Standing on the stage at Fancy Farm... McConnell sounded and looked tired.

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Fancy Farm 2016 Scott Jennings, a catalyst for Democratic boycott?
Scott Jennings served as 2106 Fancy Farm Picnic emcee.
Fancy Farm 2016 Scott Jennings, a catalyst for Democratic boycott?

Scott Jennings brought his political view to his duties as emcee.

The selection of Jennings is said to be the reason that Kentucky Democratic leaders skipped this year's Fancy Farm Picnic political speaking.

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Fancy Farm 2016: Senator Rand Paul: America must defend borders
Sen. Rand Paul seeking a second term.
Fancy Farm 2016: Senator Rand Paul: America must defend borders

(Fancy Farm KY) - Senator Rand Paul came back to Fancy Farm Picnic, a place that first saw his rise to national prominence, ready to make the case for another term.

Paul spent much of his five minutes criticizing Democrats who weren't present...

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Fancy Farm 2106: GOP leaders dish out red meat
Governor Matt Bevin lectures absent Democrats.
Fancy Farm 2106: GOP leaders dish out red meat

Governor Bevin and Senator McConnell both ridiculed Democratic leaders for passing up the Fancy Farm Picnic this year.

Neither spent much time pushing their presidential ticket.

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Fancy Farm Picnic 2016 Jim Gray
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray at Fancy Farm for first time
Fancy Farm Picnic 2016 Jim Gray

(Fancy Farm KY) - Jim Gray, Mayor of Lexington, and millionaire owner of Gray Construction, appeared unfazed by heckling at his first appearance at Fancy Farm.

Gray began his five minute speech by introducing himself as "the guy who's going to beat Rand Paul" to Senator McConnell who called him a "nobody" during his seven minute speech...

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Fancy Farm Picnic 2016 James Comer
James Comer and wife, TJ, at Fancy Farm Picnic
Fancy Farm Picnic 2016 James Comer

...Comer offered the crowd at Fancy Farm "a strong conservative voice" in Washington. He was short on details on details. Facing long shot Sam Gaskins, Comer is seen as the odds on favorite.

He was the only candidate to offer his website address. JamesComer.com and he was the only candidate to paraphrase Donald Trump's slogan of "Make America Great Again."

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Fancy Farm 2016: Sam Gaskins, longshot candidate for 1st District, undaunted
Democratic candidate for US House Sam Gaskins at Fancy Farm 2016
Fancy Farm 2016: Sam Gaskins, longshot candidate for 1st District, undaunted

(Fancy Farm 2016) - Sam Gaskins may be a long shot in his race to replace 1st District Congressman Ed Whitfield, but if passion counts for anything, don't count him out.

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Fancy Farm 2016: Incumbent Heath gives GOP platform speech
Rep. Richard Heath at Fancy Farm 2016
Fancy Farm 2016: Incumbent Heath gives GOP platform speech

(Fancy Farm 2016) - Representative Richard Heath running for re-election to the Kentucky House from Graves County gave the standard Republican stump speech.

If one didn't know what county Fancy Farm is located in - one wouldn't know that Heath is in his district. The truth is that very few Graves Countians set foot anywhere near the political speaking at the Fancy Farm Picnic...

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Fancy Farm 2016: Jesse Wright ready for rematch with Heath
Candidate for House 2, Jesse Wright supports term limits.
Fancy Farm 2016: Jesse Wright ready for rematch with Heath

According to Democratic House candidate Jesse Wright, Heath hasn't proposed anything since his election in 2013. Wright told the audience that "We need somebody to go to Frankfort and do some work. We've given him a fair chance to go to Frankfort and get results."

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Politics & Government

Dream Come True: MSU Professor attends Democratic Convention
Dr. Brian Clardy went to Philadelphia as a delegate.
Dream Come True: MSU Professor attends Democratic Convention

Dr. Brian Clardy teaches history at Murray State University. In July, he attended the National Democratic Convention as a Kentucky delegate.

This local professor met celebrities, photobombed a television journalist, heard some stirring speeches and witnessed history as Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman nominated to run for president by a major political party.

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Editorials

Did 2016 Fancy Farm Picnic Give Birth to a 3rd or 4th Political Party in Kentucky?
Is the Libertarian Party the coming thing in KY?
Did 2016 Fancy Farm Picnic Give Birth to a 3rd or 4th Political Party in Kentucky?

(Fancy Farm, KY) - A crack in the political landscape of Kentucky appeared at Fancy Farm Picnic. A small but important fissure of change took place under the hot shadow of a medium sized tree, next to a booth selling lottery tickets and ice cold drinks in the 100-degree heat.

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Community and Regional News

Food, fun and awards are local picnic highlights
Dennis Wilson accepts Pioneer Award from Governor Bevin.
Food, fun and awards are local picnic highlights

St. Jerome's Picnic is a family affair - food, fun and awards to local citizens.

Two presentations Pioneer Awards at the 2106 FF picnic Dennis Wilson and Hugh and Jill Kirby.

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