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Fireworks expected at this year's Fancy Farm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Two standout candidates are trying to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who's seeking a sixth term.

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Matt Bevin will try to add momentum to their campaigns in time for fall election season.

Grimes is no stranger to the freewheeling, unpredictable format of Fancy Farm.

She spoke here in 2011, during her race for Secretary of State of Kentucky.

A summer picnic may seem relaxing, but the Fancy Farm event, especially this year, promises to be anything but for the three candidates going head-to-head in an attempt to win over voters.

WKYT's political expert, Bill Bryant, predicts both candidates' addresses to the crowd will include jabs at McConnell's experience, while he'll try to prove to voters that his 30 years in Washington are an asset that will serve the interests of Kentuckians.

"Senator McConnell now has the unenviable position of facing a potentially strong Republican primary challenger in Matt Bevin, who's making some noise and getting some Tea Party support," said Bryan.

Fancy Farm will be a first for Bevin, a businessman from Louisville.

Meanwhile, local democrats hope the appearance will raise Grimes' profile.

She already has the backing of former President Bill Clinton.

While Fancy Farm has historically been unpredictable, one thing has been proven to be certain- McConnell has mastered the art of campaign fundraising, with already $13 million under his belt.

Another Democratic challenger, Ed Marksberry, will speak at Saturday's event.

You can watch the Fancy Farm livestream on WKYT.com Saturday afternoon.


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