Well, the 140-year streak of the St. Jerome Fancy Farm Picnic will not be broken by a global pandemic.
Organizers announced Thursday that the annual picnic/family reunion/parish fundraiser/political free-for-all will go on at its appointed date — the first Saturday in August (literally Aug. 1) — but with a modified format.
That format will likely continue to evolve as we dash toward that date, but at least we will have a Fancy Farm Picnic.
While it’s not crystal clear on all of the details, such as the KC Hall meals and bingo, the plans do call for purchasing your barbecue pork and mutton by the pound (that’s certainly OK with us, as long as we get some!) and moving the political speaking indoors to the Fancy Farm Elementary School gym and limiting admission to those with tickets. And that process is also being finalized.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we know the St. Jerome Parish and picnic and the various committee members were more than concerned how this year would shape up to even have a picnic that is so deeply rooted, not just within Graves County but Kentucky, itself. But to their credit, they have come up with a plan.
Like we said, the plan will likely continue to be fleshed out. But we’re glad that pretty soon we will smell the wood burning and meat sizzling and hear the barbs flying from the mouths of politicians.
Even in the midst of a pandemic, it’s nice to know there are some things that won’t change.