Unusual Journeys - Kentucky's Fancy Farm Picnic

August 4 - 9, 2016


Ah, it’s election season again. A time for heated discourse, passionate cries for action, and awkward confrontations with loved ones. What better way to experience pure American democracy than by visiting the iconic Fancy Farm picnic – Kentucky’s historic political gathering on a trip full of bourbon, barbecue, and bureaucracy.

Since 1830, residents have gathered at the bucolic village of Fancy Farm, Kentucky to reunite with friends and family and enjoy down-home southern barbecue.  Today, the picnic is recognized by Guinness as the World’s Largest Picnic and has become a stage for politicians to speak directly to the people.  The picnic now marks the start of Kentucky’s political season and has attracted such high profile candidates as George Wallace, Al Gore and of course, native son Mitch McConnell. Sadly, a major lightning strike in 1974 put an end to the famous Lyin’ Tree where politicians once spoke, but as former Kentucky Governor Louie Nunn said of the event, “too much fertilizer will kill anything.”

 So far, this year’s keynote speakers include Rand Paul and a favorite repeat attendee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. But it's early days yet, and with this election choosing our nation's next president, we're sure to see more big names come to the roster as picnic day inches nearer.

But Kentucky isn’t all politics.  The Bluegrass State is also known for its bourbon.  This distilled spirit, affectionately referred to as “liquid gold” is a 200 year old whiskey recipe as distinct and precious to the region as Irish Whiskey is to Ireland and Scotch to Scotland.

  There’s also the legendary Kentucky Derby, the ultimate horse race and stage to the most famous thoroughbred horses ever to grace the world stage.

Interested? Of course you are. Check out the full itinerary and pricing here.