Here’s Who’s Confirmed to Attend the 144th Fancy Farm
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Here’s Who’s Confirmed to Attend the 144th Fancy Farm

FANCY FARM, Ky. — The list of speakers for Kentucky’s “Political Super Bowl” is taking shape. Organizers of the 144th Fancy Farm Picnic have released an updated list of confirmed guests who will participate in the tradition of “political speeches” for the bipartisan cookout on Aug. 3, 2024, in Graves County.


What do you want to know?

  • Organizers of the 144th Fancy Farm Picnic have released an updated list of confirmed speakers for the 144th Fancy Farm Picnic on August 3, 2024.
  • The composition is dominated by Republicans, continuing a recent trend that reflects the GOP’s hold on the majority of state and federal offices.
  • The political speech will be hosted by renowned Lexington priest Father Jim Sichko.
  • Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman are listed as “pending,” as are Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.


The list is dominated by Republicans, continuing a recent trend that reflects the GOP’s hold on most state and federal offices. The only two Democrats listed as “confirmed” are Erin Marshall, who is challenging Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, to represent Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District, and state Rep. Cherlynn Stevenson, who will speak on a proposed “school choice” amendment.

Comer has also confirmed his participation in the event. He will be joined by fellow Republicans, including: Attorney General Russell Coleman, State Auditor General Allison Ball, Secretary of State Michael Adams, Agriculture Commissioner Jonathan Shell, Treasurer Mark Metcalf, State Senator Jason Howell, State Representative Richard Heath and Kim Holloway, who is running unopposed for state representative in the November election. State Representative Suzanne Miles will round out the list of partisan speakers, speaking on behalf of Republicans on the school choice amendment.

Also confirmed are two nonpartisan intervenors: Lisa Payne Jones and Jason Shea Fleming, both of whom are running in a special general election for the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

The political address will be hosted by renowned Lexington priest Father Jim Sichko. Fancy Farm political chairman Steven Elder will deliver the welcoming address and Father Darrell Venters of St. Jerome Catholic Church will deliver the invocation. Jessica Fox Gong will sing the national anthem and Tiffany Bailey will sing My Old Kentucky Home; both are parishioners of St. Jerome.

Perhaps just as notable are the Kentucky politicians who have yet to confirm their attendance. Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman are listed as “pending,” as are Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.

The Fancy Farm Picnic, hosted by St. Jerome Catholic Church, is considered a rite of passage for Commonwealth politicians and the unofficial start of the election campaign. During the day filled with 5K runs, bingo and family board games, both parties come together for political speeches that often resemble an open mic night at a comedy club. The tradition dates back to 1880 and the event has been held every year since, although political speeches were absent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.