GOP burgoo offers chance for candidates to stew over issues


Last year's Pulaski County GOP burgoo brought out plenty of people, but with the General Election only days away now, Monday's event allowing candidates to share their views while enjoying a traditional Kentucky stew is sure to be packed.

These days, lots of people stew over politics.

The Pulaski County Republican Party is taking that literally.

This Monday, the county's GOP is holding "Boots, Blue Jeans, and Burgoo," a political get-together offering a chance to eat an authentic Kentucky meal and hear from the candidates in some of the area's top races with only days to go before the November General Election.

The event, taking place for the second year in a row, will be held at the Hal Rogers Fire Training Center on Oak Leaf Lane in Somerset, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and is free to the public.

"We'll have a nice, fun evening for families," said Bill Turpen, chairman of the Pulaski County Republican Party. "Everybody's welcome."

Turpen said he expects to have candidates there for the Mayor of Somerset race, Pulaski County Judge-Executive and magistrates, Family Court, Kentucky Supreme Court, state representative races, and more. They'll be able to make their case in a relaxed, low-key environment.

"We want all the candidiates who have opposite there as well as non-partisan races," said Turpen. "We'll give them a time limit to speak. We'll have a buzzer or something go off. We'll have a fun evening with it."

Plus, the candidates are to bring dessert, "so they'll get to interact with the voters that way," said Turpen.

However, while the candidates may have the familiar names and faces, the real star of the show is the burgoo. A traditional Kentucky stew served at social gatherings, burgoo is an improvisational hodgepodge of ingredients, typically using whatever meats and vegetables Kentucky households could get their hands on.

That could include some proteins that aren't necessarily common in restaurants, but are things hunters could easily bag out in the Kentucky woods.

However, Turpen said it's unlikely this burgoo will have "rabbit and squirrel and all the wild animals in it" -- it will be sure to please the tastebuds of a wider audience.

"It's just a good, hearty, meaty stew," he said. "There's nothing more traditional than burgoo in Kentucky."

Visit the "Pulaski County Kentucky GOP" Facebook page for more information. Turpen noted to be sure to look for the word "Kentucky" in the name, as other "Pulaski County" Republican Party pages would take you to other states.