Fancy Farm Picnic emcee announced

A well-known conservative opinion writer who was a special assistant to former president George W. Bush will emcee the 136th annual Fancy Farm Picnic. 

Scott Jennings will be the emcee at St. Jerome Catholic Church’s annual picnic on August 6, according to Mark Wilson, who chairs the political speaking at the picnic. 

In a news release Thursday, Wilson noted that Jennings was born in Princeton, Kentucky, and grew up in Dawson Spring. Jennings regularly writes and weighs in in Kentucky media, including the Courier-Journal, as well as nationally. He has worked for four presidential campaigns, three U.S. Senate campaigns, and held several other roles in the Republican Party. After he served in both of President George W. Bush’s campaigns, Jennings was a White House commissioned officer in the Office of Political Affairs from 2005 to 2007.

 “I am very excited and honored to serve as emcee for an event I look forward to each and every year,” Jennings said in Thursday’s announcement. “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."

Wilson said this year’s picnic will feature candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress in District 1, and the Kentucky state house races in Graves County and portions of McCracken County. He said surrogate speakers for the major presidential candidates are expected to speak. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Rep. Ed Whitfield and Gov. Matt Bevin and the remainder of the statewide constitutional elected office holders have also been invited to speak.

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