Gov. Andy Beshear and Attorney General Daniel Cameron are preparing to clash for the first time at Fancy Farm in far west Kentucky.
The organizers of the BBQ picnic, bingo, and political speaking that benefits St. Jerome Catholic Church, have tapped David Beck to emcee the event; he is the President and CEO of Kentucky Venues.
Each year the picnic committee rotates between political parties and on the third year
a neutral or media personality is chosen. The last of these rotations, Mr. Bill Goodman, executive director of the Kentucky Humanities Council and former KET public affairs host, emceed the event in 2019.
“Mr. Beck will bring a great style and build collaboration between the two sides for the 143rd Fancy Farm Picnic,” says Political Chairman Steven Elder. “Mr. Beck works with all leaders of the state to bring positive economic development to Louisville through events like the Kentucky Farm Machinery Show and the Kentucky State Fair. The committee is excited to have a western Kentucky native, emcee this year’s picnic.”
Beck is a native of Lyon County and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Murray State University. In 1992, he was selected Outstanding Agriculture Alumnus of the Year by the Murray State University Agriculture Alumni Association and in 2016 was named a Distinguished Alumnus. In 2017, the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education presented David with the OAK Award on behalf of Kentucky colleges and universities.
Prior to his role at Kentucky Venues, David worked at Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) for 41 years. Prior to his retirement at KFB, he served in many capacities including Director of Public Affairs and Chief Executive Officer.
This year’s picnic is expected to be a hot one, the committee is planning a robust speakers list with the Governor’s race along with all the other constitutional offices on the ballot. Attendance is expected to be high for the 143rd St. Jerome Picnic in Fancy Farm.