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Travels Through Kentucky History"
Data Courier, Inc. and The Courier-Journal
Louisville, Kentucky, 1976, p. 79
In what is commonly referred to as the “good old days,” politicians would climb aboard a flatbed truck decorated with red, white, and blue bunting and would deliver the kind of rousing campaign speeches that would send the crowd into torrents of either festive hurrahs or surly boos and hisses. That tradition has died in most of the country. But not in the tiny Western Kentucky crossroads town of Fancy Farm, which comes alive with an old-fashioned political picnic on the first Saturday in August...
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Former Kentucky Gov. A.B. (Happy) Chandler believes he played an important role in making the Fancy Farm Picnic the important statewide political event it is today.
“I guess I was one of the first candidates for statewide office to ever go to Fancy Farm.” Chandler said in a recent telephone interview. “I ended my 1931 campaign for lieutenant governor down there. I won that election and thought Fancy Farm was good luck, so I kept going back.”...
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