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Kentucky Farm Bureau's Ham Breakfast met with protests at state fair

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Posted at 8:56 AM, Aug 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-25 13:07:08-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Hundreds of people—including state leaders and lawmakers—filled the Kentucky Expo Center for the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual Ham Breakfast.

That includes a group of protesters who created their own tradition of showing up to speak out against KY Farm Bureau.

The Ham Breakfast is a tradition nearly 60 years strong but over the last 12 years the event has ignited protests.

This year's demonstration began last week when a billboard unveiled on I-65 near the Kentucky State Fair reading "Kentucky Farm Bureau: Big on Discrimination."

The Fairness Campaign, ACLU of Kentucky, and Jefferson County Teachers Association are among the groups speaking out against KY Farm Bureau.

The groups are claiming KY Farm Bureau has several policies that are anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice, and anti-teacher.

In 2019, the Ham Breakfast—which auctions off a prized ham—raised a million dollars to be donated to charitable organizations.

That same year, three people were arrested at protests during that breakfast.