Politicians prepare for 'hot' event at Fancy Farm

FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - Politicians are expected to flock to the tiny western Kentucky community of Fancy Farm this weekend for a church picnic that has evolved as a must-attend event for everyone running for statewide offices.

More than 10,000 people typically attend the get-together at St. Jerome Parish on the first Saturday in August. Among the attendees this year will be Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and his two challengers in the Nov. 8 general election - Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith.

Political rhetoric is always heated, as is the outdoor pavilion where speeches will be delivered. Temperatures are predicted to be in the low 90s, but will feel hotter because of the region's high humidity levels.

St. Jerome spokesman Mark Wilson said candidates for every statewide office have confirmed they'll attend.

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