Partisan enthusiasm levels run high at Fancy Farm 2010

08/07/2010 07:59 PM

FANCY FARM — The annual Fancy Farm Picnic at St. Jerome Parish is more than just two hours of the state’s top elected officials and candidates trading their best one liners.

The rowdiness of the crowds, the food, the political gimmicks and the normal Catholic picnic games provide a backdrop for the candidate’s prepared — and sometimes unprepared — remarks.

The 130th annual picnic featured the “Rand Paul Waffle House” booth set up by the Democrats to dig at the Republican U.S. Senate candidate and a costumed grim reaper aimed at criticizing Jack Conway’s position on the “death tax” (also known as the estate tax). Such gimmicks are like 3-D versions of TV ads to come: not always factual, but often memorable caricatures.

Daniel Logsdon, chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party, and Republican state Senate President David Williams offer their take on the atmosphere in the moments leading up to the start of the political speaking in 2010.

- Kenny Colston, Don Weber, Ryan Alessi and Chris Bratton


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