- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Republicans will have their longtime standard-bearer at this year’s Fancy Farm picnic.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will attend Kentucky’s premier political event on Saturday, Aug. 1 in western Kentucky.

Taking center stage at this year’s round of political speeches will be the campaign for governor - pitting Democrat Jack Conway against Republican Matt Bevin. They are vying to succeed Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is in his second term and can’t serve again because of term limits.

McConnell is Kentucky’s longest-serving senator and a regular at the Fancy Farm picnic.

The senator said Monday he’s hoping to help make this year’s event interesting.

The event features armies of sign-toting, noisy hecklers on both sides.

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