Quarles named 2018 Fancy Farm emcee

06/04/2018 11:47 AM

Kentucky’s most raucous political speaking event will be emceed by Republican Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles this year.

Quarles will moderate the 138th annual Fancy Farm picnic political speaking event on the grounds of St. Jerome Catholic Church, event organizers announced on Monday.

“Growing up a farm kid in Kentucky, you always hear about the Fancy Farm picnic,” said Commissioner Quarles. “It was the fulfillment of a dream when I got the opportunity to take the stage for the first time in 2015 as a candidate but I never imagined I’d have the chance to act as the emcee. It’s truly an honor to assume a role so many of the greats in Kentucky’s storied political history have filled before me.”

Mark Wilson, chairman of the political speaking event, said he thinks this year’s event would likely draw a larger crowd with the midterm elections, and speculation brewing into the 2019 statewide election for Governor.

“There’s already some posturing for that … that could be on the platform, not necessarily as speakers, but as platform guests, and I think they’ll be definitely down here working the crowd,” Wilson said of likely Democratic candidates for Governor in 2019.

Statewide elected politicians including: Gov. Matt Bevin, Attorney General Andy Beshear, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Treasurer Allison Ball, Auditor Mike Harmon are invited to speak on the first Saturday in August. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, are also invited as are U.S. Rep. James Comer and local state Representative Richard Heath and state Sen. Stan Humphries.

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