FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) - Politicians have begun arriving in western Kentucky for a church picnic that for generations has served as the traditional kickoff of the fall campaign season.
Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, just back from a whirlwind trip to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit Kentucky troops, is among more than a dozen candidates coming to the tiny community of Fancy Farm on Saturday for an afternoon of stump speeches. Beshear is seeking re-election to a second term and will share a stage with two candidates who want his job, Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith.
More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the get-together on the grounds of at St. Jerome Parish, where the weather forecast calls for an afternoon temperature in the mid-90s and a heat index of 105 degrees.