FANCY FARM, KY (WAVE) - A record crowd is expected at this year's Fancy Farm Picnic, the annual political gathering in Graves County, Kentucky.
Organizer Mark Wilson says the event, now in its 134th year, could attract more than 20,000 people.
Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, one of the hottest races in the country, will be the big attraction at this year's picnic on August 2. Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and his Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes, the current Secretary of State, have agreed to speak at the event.
Attendees will notice a number of changes at the Fancy Farm Picnic, which is hosted by St. Jerome Parish. The old stage was torn down and a larger stage was erected in its place. Workers also added another section to the pavilion, and fans were installed to keep the crowd cool.
Here is the schedule of events for this year's festivities at Fancy Farm:
Friday, August 1:
7 a.m. - Mass at the picnic grounds
8 a.m. - Blessing of the meat and pacing it on the pits
5 p.m. - Knights of Columbus Fish Fry at Knights of Columbus Hall
6 p.m. - 1 mile Classic Run (registration by 5 p.m. at parking lot across from rectory)
7 p.m. - 5K Fun Run (registration is from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.)
Saturday, August 2:
8 a.m. - Barbecue pork and mutton by the pound goes on sale
10 a.m. - Official start time of the picnic
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Music by Harold Daniels
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Home-cooked meals served continuously in Knights of Columbus Hall
1:30 p.m. - Pioneer Award presentation at political stand
2 p.m. - Political speaking
6 to 9 p.m. - Music by Stronghold
10 p.m. - Raffle drawing
The meal served at this year's picnic includes barbecue pork and mutton, fried chicken, fresh sweet corn, lima beans, green beans, purple hull peas, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, potato salad, slaw and homemade desserts.
The raffle's first prize is a 2014 Jeep Wrangler 4x4. $500 will be awarded to the second, third and fourth-prize winners. You do not have to be present to win.
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