Tribune-Courier General Manager
As the planners of the annual Fancy Farm picnic are down the road in Graves County preparing for events on Saturday, Democrats and Republicans in Marshall County will be gearing up for their own rallies on Friday night.
The Fancy Farm picnic will be the backdrop for an early face-off between Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan-Grimes, who will officially kick off her campaign today.
Local representatives of both parties say the two candidates have confirmed their attendance at events in Marshall County this Friday.
Lundergan-Grimes will attend the 18th annual Democratic Ham and Bean Dinner this Friday night at Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center. Doors for the event open at 5 p.m., with the dinner following at 6 p.m.
Meanwhile, McConnell will attend the Night Before Fancy Farm events planned by the Marshall County GOP. That event is being held at the Calvert City Community Center from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday.
Also confirmed to attend the events in Marshall County are Kentucky State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach and Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen for the Democrats.
Congressman Ed Whitfield has confirmed his intentions to attend for the Republicans.
Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler and Mayfield Mayor Teresa Cantrell are also slated to attend for the GOP.
“We are honoring our women who hold elected offices at this years event and we are expecting more of our elected women to be there including our very own Commissioner Misti Drew,” said Sandra Wright, organizer of events for the GOP.
Wright also said Senator Rand Paul has received an invitation but has not yet committed to attend.