Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


School of Journalism and Broadcasting

Document Type



The bond of community and the sense of a home are essential to the essence of the human soul. In my documnentary, “The Picnic: Fancy Farm’s Homecoming,” I look to capure that feeling in the community of Fancy Farm, Ky during their biggest fundraising event of the year, the Fancy Farm Picnic. However, there is more to just fundraising when it comes to the Fancy Farm Picnic, there’s also politics, BBQ, and a true feeling of homecoming that is unique to the community of Fancy Farm. The following thesis will double as a production book which is common for the broadcasting field. We will go in depth on the three phases of production, discussing what it took in each phase to make this documentary come together. To craft a documentary takes an extraordinary amount of time in every phase of production. It is because of the time well-spent on this project that the essence of the community of Fancy Farm is able to be captured. This documentary is the result of much planning, hard-work, frustration, set-backs, and overall, triumph; and it is my honor and privilege to present “The Picnic: Fancy Farm’s Homecoming.”

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Neil Purcell, Joshua Niedwick, Dr. Christopher Keller


Broadcast and Video Studies | Journalism Studies