While the biggest ticket at every Fancy Farm political picnic is the speaking, the after the picnic chatter revolves around whoever was working the crowd.
One surprise this year was Congressman Ben Chandler, who’s locked into another re-election fight in his Central Kentucky district, miles away from Fancy Farm.
Kentucky Public Radio caught up with Chandler at the grounds, where he said he was just visiting with friends for the weekend.
Typically, quiet visitors to Fancy Farm are trying to stay at the front of the minds of western Kentucky voters, but Chandler stayed firm on his excuse. And when asked if he's looking at a statewide run in the future, Chandler diverted again, saying he can’t change what people think and he’s stopped trying.
Chandler did say he had a weekend off from campaigning. He faces a rematch this November with GOP candidate Andy Barr.
Another notable candidate in the crowd was former Auditor Crit Luallen, who’s mulling a 2015 gubernatorial run.