Graves County prepares for deluge of visitors for Fancy Farm weekend

07/26/2017 11:08 AM

MAYFIELD – With the Fancy Farm picnic just over a week away, residents of Graves County are preparing for the annual onslaught of visitors to their largely rural county.

Graves County is the 8th largest county in the state with a total of 557 square miles.

It’s named for Captain Benjamin Franklin Graves who was one of numerous Kentucky officers killed in the Battle of Raisin River during the War of 1812.

Graves County Judge-Executive Jesse Perry, who has served in that position since 2015, says that his largely agricultural county is different from most rural counties in the state because the population has been holding steady and showing signs of a slight increase.

“We have some manufacturing and we’re growing,” Perry said. “We’re one of the few counties in western Kentucky that is growing right now so that says something for our county, and it’s things like the Fancy Farm picnic that help with that.

Perry feels that it’s no accident that Graves County is bucking the trend of rural counties losing population.

“You’ve got to be creative,” Perry said. “We are reaching out to companies, we are promoting what we have, our school systems are wonderful, Mayfield and Graves County, and that’s something to brag about.”

While the Fancy Farm Picnic fills the county with excitement, it also acts as an economic boon to the area.

“When it comes to food, and fuel, and hotels and motels, it’s actually a very economical impact for our area,” Perry said.

Graves County was also the birthplace of the late former U.S. Vice President Alben Barkley, as well as five U.S. Congressmen – Lucien Anderson, Andrew Boone, Noble Jones Gregory, William Voris Gregory, and Carroll Hubbard.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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