Commodity Breakfast kicks off Kentucky State Fair
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Commodity Breakfast kicks off the Kentucky State Fair with Kentucky Proud products--including eggs and goat bacon.
The annual event attracts politicians from across the state grab breakfast and talk about hot button issues.
Huge grills were fired up before dawn to cook up meat from the Kentucky Beef Council and bacon from the Kentucky Goat Producers and mutton from the Kentucky Sheep Association. The Beef Council's Caitlin Swartz says this is the busiest time of the year for many of their cattlemen. Young farmers work for months to get their animals ready to compete at the fair.
Politicians are an annual part of the breakfast. Among those expected are Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French Henry and former Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry.
The fair is busy for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, and he says farmers across the state deserve a lot of praise. Comer's six year old son Harlan is also competing on the fair's opening day in the Little Miss and Mr. Kentucky State Fair, after winning the Little Mr. Monroe County pageant. Comer announced his run for governor at Fancy Farm in early August. He says he will announce his running mate and kick off his campaign on September 9th in his hometown of Tompkinsville, Kentucky. Comer says he is proud of his record in the Agriculture Department and looks forward to campaigning across the Commonwealth over the next 14 months.
Centerpieces for the Commodity Breakfast were provided by "Homegrown by Heroes." Forty states have adopted the program to allow military vets to run farms. Many of those vets were wounded in action.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says his department's booth in the South Wing focuses on medicaid fraud and elder abuse this year. He says the fair is a good time to reach families with elderly relatives in nursing homes where they could be abused. Conway is the only Democrat at this point to throw his name into the 2015 campaign for Kentucky governor. He expects the campaign with running mate Sanni Overly will kick into gear in November or December. Until then, Conway expects to focus on races for the Kentucky house and senate and the hotly-contest race for U. S. Senate between incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell and Democratic Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes.
The Opening Day Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the 113th Army Band from Ft. Knox parading in from Freedom Way. Governor Beshear, Metro Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and other dignitaries will be on hand to cut the ribbon at the ceremony, which is open to the public in the South Wing Lobby.
The Main Stage Concert Series will begin on Thursday, August 14 with Lady Antebellum with special guest Billy Currington at 8 p.m. in Freedom Hall. Plain White T's with special guest A Lion Named Roar will perform for free at 8 p.m. in Cardinal Stadium to begin the Turf Concert Series.
The Kentucky State Fair runs from August 14 - 24 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information, CLICK HERE.
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