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Fancy Farm Picnic Still Happening; Speeches Moved

Fancy Farm Picnic Still Happening; Speeches Moved
Fancy Farm Picnic Still Happening; Speeches Moved
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By West Kentucky Star Staff
Jun. 18, 2020 | FANCY FARM
By West Kentucky Star Staff Jun. 18, 2020 | 09:44 AM | FANCY FARM
The 140th St. Jerome Fancy Farm Picnic will take place on August 1, but it will look a lot different this year.

After several meetings, the Picnic Committee laid out a plan that will follow local, state, and CDC guidelines for large gatherings. 

Picnic Co-Chair Andy Hayden said the plan includes having fewer booths, reduced hours, masks for volunteer workers, and dedicated individuals that will be sanitizing throughout the day.

Two of the main attractions of the picnic will still take place, the food and the politics.

Thousands of pounds of slow cooked mutton and pork will be available to purchase by the pound, starting at 8:00 am, but Hayden said a decision on the meal in the Knights of Columbus Hall will be determined at a later date.

"We haven't made a decision on that yet,' Hayden said. Current guidelines say that we can have it at 50% capacity, following similar guidelines that the restaurants are following," Hayden said. "That decision will be made at a later time."

The political speaking will take place, but at a different location than the traditional political pavilion. This year, invited speakers will deliver their speeches inside the Fancy Farm Elementary School gymnasium. KET will be set up to broadcast the live speeches.

To ensure guidelines are being followed, Hayden said only those with a ticket will be allowed to enter and hear the speeches in person.

"The gym has a capacity of 600 people," Hayden said. "The political chairmen are working to determine how many people they can accommodate."

Hayden said once that happens, political organizers will determine how tickets will be distributed.

As of now, there will be no fish fry or 5K fun run on Friday night, July 31. The picnic will begin the following day at 10:00 am, and will end at 6:00 pm.

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