Tribune-Courier News Editor
MARSHALL COUNTY– The smells of the St. Jerome Catholic Church picnic are already in the air as red and blue kitchens are busy preparing barbecue, beans and fried fish for a busy political week. Both major parties have a number of events planned leading up to the annual Fancy Farm picnic, which is expected to draw candidates for all state offices.
Senate president and gubernatorial candidate David Williams starts off the week with a stop along the campaign trail in Marshall County Tuesday afternoon. Williams will be making appearances in several west Kentucky counties and is expected to arrive around 3 p.m.
On Thursday, Aug. 4, Republicans Williams and Richie Farmer are scheduled to attend a fish fry at M&G Farms in Bardwell from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Also on Thursday, Democrats will host a meet and greet with Secretary of State candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. Grimes is scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. at Four Little Pigs BBQ in Benton.
On Friday, Republican candidates for al state opffices are expected to attend a speaking event hosted by the Marshall County GOP. Doors at the Calvert City Civic Center open at 5:30 p.m. for what’s grown to become one of the party’s top events of the week.
“This event in Calvert has become much like the Democrat’s bean dinner,” said county GOP chairman Monti Collins. “It’s not just a Marshall County event, but really a regional event. Turnout was great last year and we expect it to be again this year.”
Collins said Attorney General candidate Todd P’Pool and Agriculture Commissioner candidate James Comer are scheduled to be in the county later in the week.
Democratic faithful, meanwhile, will host the party’s bean dinner Friday night. The 16th annual event returns to Kentucky Dam Village State Resport Park at 5 p.m. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. with party candidates for state races beginning speaking at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door.
Anyone wanting to purchase tickets in advance may contact Ann Riley at 703-0304.
Local events by both parties lead up to political speaking Saturday at Fancy Farm Aug. 6. The annual church picnic is an election year tradition for many across the state as it attracts major candidates from both parties. While campaigning may be considered a year-round activity, the picnic is the unofficial start of stumping season.
This year, long-time Marshall County Judge Executive Mike Miller will serve as emcee.