Senate candidates to share stage at annual picnic

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, up for re-election next year, will share a stage Saturday afternoon with his top challengers at an always raucous church picnic known for spicy barbecue and even spicier speeches.

The event at St. Jerome Parish in Fancy Farm is a holdover from the days before television when politicians had to seek out crowds to solicit votes. It draws thousands of people each year to the tiny western Kentucky community and is considered a must-attend for politicians.

It will provide voters the first side-by-side comparison of McConnell and his foes - Republican primary opponent Matt Bevin and Democratic front-runner Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Though politics is the major draw, the Fancy Farm picnic actually is a fundraiser that generates about $250,000 for St. Jerome Parish.

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