U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Springfield, and U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, are in for a busy Saturday.
The two GOP lawmakers will attend several weekend events in northeast and central Missouri. Blunt and Luetkemeyer will be at the Boone County Ham Breakfast at 7 a.m. The two will be in Hannibal at 12:30 p.m. for a parade and Kirksville at 3:30 p.m. Both events will revolve around "energy issues."
Blunt is running for U.S. Senate. He faces state Sen. Chuck Purgason, R-Caulfield, the GOP primary. The winner will likely face Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.
The Boone County Ham Breakfast is a magnet for political figures. The apex of the event is the ham auction, an activity where bigwigs try to nab salty Boone County ham at outrageous prices. The final tabs are usually pretty high during election years.
Opinion of Boone County ham is varied. Some, like Boone County Commissioner Skip Elkin, said the dish is probably "the best ham in the nation." Others - such as Sen. Kit Bond - said the delicacy has tough competition from other county hams.