LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You know election season is in full swing just by heading to a farm in southwest Kentucky. 

The Fancy Farm picnic took place Saturday at the Saint Jerome Catholic Church. 

The event is considered the kick off to the political season and fall elections. 

Candidates from both parties share the stage for five minutes before a crowd of hecklers. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who announced his intent to run for reelection ahead of the event, took aim at Democrats. 

"Their allies at the far left have only one game plan, and that is to intimidate everybody," McConnell said. "They've been chasing me around restaurants in Louisville. They chased us around a place in Washington. I had my security with him, the secretary of transportation, took them out." 

Attorney General Andy Beshear took shots at Governor Matt Bevin, who, along with Senator Rand Paul, was not in attendance at this year's picnic. 

"Nothing seems to change for Matt Bevin," Beshear said. "Last year he had just bought a big mansion from a state contractor at half price. This year, he's trying to only pay half the taxes."

Officials with Saint Jerome Catholic Church will have to pay $13,000 in taxes this year, because the state no longer exempts religious groups from sales taxes.

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