Ben and Ernie show packs in politicos

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

FANCY FARM - It was all politics and barbecue.

Fancy Farm, Western Kentucky's annual celebration of political theater, definitely delivered this year as people from around the state gathered in the tiny Graves County community to hear from the state's political candidates.

"It's like political karaoke," said Frankfort resident Donna Hecker shortly after she arrived on the scene. This was Hecker's second trip to Fancy Farm. She came to fancy Farm for the first time last year and brought her parents back this year to witness what many consider to be the kickoff of the fall campaign season.

But Fancy Farm is no ordinary candidate forum. The 123-year-old event, which serves as a fund-raiser for the Saint Jerome Catholic Church, draws hundreds of political watchers - many of whom come for the sake of heckling candidates.

"This is my 16th Fancy Farm in a row," said Mike Richards, a former candidate for the Frankfort City Commission. "It's great barbecue and great political speaking. It's a good atmosphere for politicos."

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