Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and his Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman have yet to confirm their attendance with Fancy Farm event planners for the annual political speaking at the political picnic bennefitting St. Jerome Catholic Church.
With the global pandemic raging in 2020 the speaking was canceled at Fancy Farm. For Beshear 2020 meant travel was also canceled for the governor, who instead appeared nearly daily on tv and online with updates related to the crisis.
As more normalcy returns, and GOP challengers emerge, Beshear has yet to make his pitch to the people of West Kentucky.
Beshear’s father, former Gov. Steve Beshear and his second-term Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson did not enjoy the event. The elder Beshear found reasons not to attend, in 2012 he traveled to Germany and France on an economic development mission, and in 2013 he also skipped the event without offering a reason. The years he did not attend, Steve Beshear had surrogates from the Democratic Party speak on his behalf.
Confirmed Fancy Farm speakers are U.S. Rep. James Comer, Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles, Secretary of State Michael Adams, and Auditor Mike Harmon, who recently announced his gubernatorial candidacy.
Additional invited speakers include U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, state Attorney General Daniel Cameron, and Treasurer Allison Ball
The event takes place on Saturday, August 7.