About the Fancy Farm Picnic

Let me tell you some more about the Fancy Farm picnic. Regarding “Let me tell you about Fancy Farm …,” written by Mr. Berry Craig and published in the Mayfield Messenger Aug. 4, 2021, a reader not knowledgeable about the history of the picnic would probably erroneously conclude from Mr. Craig’s answer to the question “So why the first Saturday in August?” that the picnics prior to 1956 were always on Saturday and always in August. Both conclusions are wrong.

In those years, the primary election was on the first Saturday in August, and the picnic was not always in August. It would be illogical to think that the primary election and the picnic would be on the same day. The picnic was on Wednesday, not Saturday; and the yearly date of the picnic was set as the last Wednesday before the first Saturday in August. Hence, in some years the picnic was in July; in others, August. I can verify this fact by my birthday, July 30, having been on picnic day in 1947 and 1952.

After the primary election date was moved from the first Saturday in August to May, then the picnic date was changed to the present date of being the first Saturday

in August.

I have no idea when the picnic date in question was started. As the first picnic was held circa 1880, I imagine that several years passed before the rule I described became the norm.


Bob Thomas

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