Law enforcement preparing for Fancy Farm Picnic

Graves Co. Sheriff's Office and KSP to have large presence
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Posted at 3:18 PM, Jul 30, 2019

GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. (WPSD) — The 139th annual Fancy Farm Picnic is just days away.

The picnic include a high profile guest list including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Governor Matt Bevin, and Attorney General Andy Beshear. It features barbecue, politics, and it benefits St. Jerome Catholic Church.

With the event being open to the public and including big names, law enforcement has a plan in place.

"We've met with Fancy Farm Picnic committee, we've met with the safety committee. We've had meetings with the Kentucky State Police and the county's emergency management director," said Graves County Sheriff Jon Hayden.

Hayden says his department will have a very large presence at the picnic and Kentucky State Police will also be there to make sure nothing gets out of hand for the crowd filled with differing opinions.

"We will have probably, approximately a minimum of 20 troopers at a time on site," said Trooper Bryan Luckett with KSP. "We're very aware of the threat to violence and things that have occurred across the country."

Police say that they want everyone to feel safe so they can focus on the fun.

"It's kind of like a reunion, if you will. People that they grew up with, people they went to school with, family members, extended family members so it's a very enjoyable time for people in our area," said Hayden.