While AG Beshear Speaks, Gov. Bevin Will Skip Fancy Farm

Jul 5, 2017

A public clash between Kentucky's two most powerful politicians will have to wait another year.

A spokesman for Matt Bevin says the Republican governor will skip the annual "political speaking" at the Fancy Farm picnic.  


St. Jerome Catholic parish cooked more than 20,000 pounds of barbecued pork and mutton for the 2016 annual Fancy Farm Picnic, a Kentucky political tradition for more than a century.
Credit Tom Eblen teblen@herald-leader.com

The summer event is a Kentucky tradition that forces politicians to trade insults on statewide television all while enduring a crowd of hecklers.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has already confirmed his attendance, meaning his bitter feud with Bevin could be one-sided at Kentucky's premiere political event.

Bevin spoke last year, but Beshear skipped the event to attend his children's play.

Beshear and Bevin have been at odds since the moment both men took office. Beshear has sued Bevin four times, and Bevin has called Beshear's office "an embarrassment."

This year’s Fancy Farm takes place on Saturday August 5th.