Watch Kentucky’s Fancy Farm picnic stump speeches

BY newsdesk  August 2, 2014 at 2:18 PM EDT

What is the Fancy Farm picnic? The Washington Post has as comprehensive explainer, that gives a great overview of Kentucky’s most important political event of the year.

The parties bus in their faithful and thousands of pounds of mutton are served up alongside raucous campaigning and politicking at the gathering. This year, 15,000 are expected to attend the famous picnic, held at the St. Jerome Catholic Church in Fancy Farm, Ky.

Kentucky's Democratic U.S. Senate nominee, and Kentucky Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes chops mutton barbeque at the Elder Family's barbeque stand at the Fancy Farm picnic August 2, 2014 in Mayfield, Kentucky. With today's annual Fancy Farm picnic, a Kentucky political tradition, recent polls show Grimes and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a virtual tie. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Kentucky’s Democratic U.S. Senate nominee, and Kentucky Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes chops mutton barbeque at the Elder Family’s barbeque stand at the Fancy Farm picnic August 2, 2014 in Mayfield, Kentucky. With today’s annual Fancy Farm picnic, a Kentucky political tradition, recent polls show Grimes and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a virtual tie. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

PBS local station KET brings us a live look at today’s main events at the 134th Fancy Farm gathering, including stump speeches by Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his challenger, Democrat Alison Grimes. KET’s Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw will provide pre- and post-event analysis with political observers.