South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy will be the guest speaker at this year's Lincoln Day Dinner, the biggest fundraiser for the local Republican Party.

"Congressman Gowdy has been at the forefront of the Fast and Furious hearings and will electrify any audience with his knowledge of the constitution," local party Chairman Dean Haddock said in a news release. "This will be a great event for Kern County."

Fast and Furious refers to a failed government operation to allow weapons to be illegally sold so they could be tracked to Mexican drug cartels. Many guns went unaccounted for and were discovered at sites of crimes, including the killing of a U.S. Border Control agent.

The Lincoln Day Dinner will be from 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Bakersfield. Call 327-9321 to reserve sponsorships or make reservations.

Ticket prices are $10,000 for patrons, who get eight tickets, eight VIP reception passes and special seating with an elected official; $1,200 for sponsors, coming with eight tickets and eight VIP reception passes; $600 for co-sponsors, allowing four tickets and four VIP reception passes; $150 for individual VIP tickets; and $75 for regular individual tickets.