Scott Jennings named emcee of 136th annual Fancy Farm political speaking

06/16/2016 04:03 PM

Scott Jennings, a Republican political operative and public relations professional, will emcee this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic on the grounds of St. Jerome Catholic Church, event organizers announced on Thursday.

Jennings, founding partner of RunSwitch PR who served as an aide to ex-President George W. Bush and a top advisor on multiple campaigns, follows Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones as emcee of the annual speaking event on Aug. 6.

“I am very excited and honored to serve as emcee for an event I look forward to each and every year,” Jennings said in a statement.

“I can’t wait to be the official moderator and ‘peacemaker’ between the political speakers and factions at the hallowed grounds at St. Jerome’s in Fancy Farm! As a Western Kentuckian and student of Kentucky political history, it was with great pride that I accepted the offer.”

Mark Wilson, chairman of the political speaking event, said he felt “like a kid waiting to go to the candy store” in anticipation of the first Saturday in August.

“While many Kentuckians know about our world-famous picnic with its 10 tons of hot and spicy BBQ and hot and steamy weather, we think having someone with his charm and humor and interest in Kentucky and U.S. politics and history will bring expanded awareness and enhancement to our festivities and political speaking event,” Wilson said in a statement.

Candidates for U.S. Senate, the 1st Congressional District and the 2nd House District have been invited to speak at the 136th iteration of Fancy Farm, as have U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Gov. Matt Bevin, retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield and others elected to statewide constitutional offices.

Surrogates for presidential candidates are also expected to take the stage, according to a news release.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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