Tribune-Courier News Editor
MARSHALL COUNTY – The lead-up to the annual Fancy Farm Picnic has turned Marshall County into a political hotspot. The event in Graves County has traditionally drawn thousands to the area. Many of those supporters find their way to Marshall County the night before for what’s becoming an annual tradition.
The Marshall County Democratic party held their 16th annual bean dinner Friday night at the Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park’s Convention Center. The event drew Allison Lundergan-Grimes, nominee for Secretary of State, Attorney General Jack Conway, former Gov. Paul Patton and other speakers. Gov. Steve Beshear was unable to attend the event, sending runningmate Jerry Abramson and First Lady Jane Beshear. Abramson has been campaigning hard in west Kentucky throughout the political season.
Marshall County Judge-Executive Mike Miller, who also served as emcee at this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic, bestowed Lifetime Service honors to Judi Smith, Julie Copeland and Howard Dawes. Young Democrat of the Year was awarded to Miller’s son, Shawn Micheal Miller.
Just a few miles down the road at the Calvert City Civic Center, Republican faithful gathered to support candidates for state offices. U.S. Senator Rand Paul and U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield took the stage before Attorney General candidate Todd P’Pool, Commissioner for Agriculture Candidate Jamie Comer and Senate President and Gubernatorial candidate David Williams.
The Marshall County GOP event has grown in recent years, attracting more than 100 supporters to this year’s event.
County commissioner Misti Drew served as emcee.