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Commodity Breakfast kicks off the Ky. State Fair with farmers in the spotlight

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The Kentucky "Beef Hemp Hondo" hot dog The Kentucky "Beef Hemp Hondo" hot dog

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Proud products are in the spotlight at the annual Kentucky Commodity Breakfast. 

Farmers and agriculture officials from across the commonwealth organize the first official event of the Kentucky State Fair each year.  State and local politicians, community leaders and other well-known figures attend the breakfast, which is supplied with fresh eggs, pork and beef by state producers. 

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin spoke with reporters, as he arrived at the breakfast.  But he refused to talk about issues or politics. Bevin said no one wants to hear about Medicaid and that he was there to celebrate farmers and highlight the Kentucky State Fair. 

However, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes didn't mind talking about her effort to get as many people as possible registered to vote. She also said she has been traveling the state and country working for Democrats up for election. Grimes also works as a surrogate for presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.  She said she's very proud of speaking at the Democratic National Convention and representing Kentucky. 

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles grew up on a farm, and he says the state's farmers have a strong tradition at the fair.  He says it's a good opportunity for young people to learn about farming. And Quarles says they hope to educate more people across Kentucky that food does not come from a grocery store.  He says everyone needs to thank the 75,000 family farmers in the state. 

The newest fair food on the menu this year is the "Beef Hemp Hondo!"  The Kentucky Beef Council says state cattlemen are teaming up with hemp farmers for the hot dogs that include some ground up hemp seeds and hemp oil.  The result is a slightly nutty flavor to the meat. 

The Kentucky State Fair begins today and runs through Sunday, August 28, 2016.  For information on exhibits, parking, rides, hours, tickets and more, CLICK HERE.  

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