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Ken Cuccinelli to speak at Shad Planking!

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Wakefield Ruritan Club
Shad Planking

Ken Cuccinelli to speak at 
65th Annual Shad Planking!

The 65th Annual Shad Planking, sponsored by the Wakefield Ruritan Club, will be held on Wednesday April 17, 2013 at the Wakefield Sportsman’s Club on Brittles Mill Road, 4 miles west of Wakefield, VA beginning at 2:00 pm.  The speaker for this year’s event will be Attorney General of Virginia and Republican Gubernatorial candidate Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II. Cuccinelli has served as Attorney General since 2010, prior to that he served in the Virginia State Senate from 2002-2010. As a state senator, he led the fight to defend constitutional rights, stop tax increases, protect life and families, has been a champion for property rights and to keep Virginia a low-regulation and pro-free market state.  Prior to assuming the office of Attorney General, Cuccinelli was a small business owner and a partner in the law firm of Cuccinnelli and Day in Fairfax. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University and his juris doctor from the George Mason University School of Law and Economics. Mr. Cuccinelli and his wife Teiro were married in 1991 and have five daughters and two sons and are active members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville.  
In keeping with tradition of recent Shad Planking’s, the Wakefield Ruritan Club invited both the Republican and Democratic Gubernatorial candidates to speak at this year’s event. Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe has declined the club’s invitation to speak.


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Shad Planking is an annual event that is known for drawing politically minded people as well as those wishing to seek public office in the Commonwealth. The Shad Planking Committee and Wakefield Ruritan Club do not endorse individual candidates, but provides an informal setting for attendees to meet with candidates for office and discuss pertinent political issues. Shad Planking has come to be known as Virginia’s premier political event and has received national attention through various forms of media.   
The afternoon event will begin at 2:00 pm and end at 6:00 pm, rain or shine. The formal program will begin at 4:00 pm. The meal will be served when ready.  The menu this year will feature our trademark planked shad cooked over an open fire.  The Virginia Diner will again provide its famous cole slaw and corn muffins.  In addition, there will be shad roe and fish filets fried to a golden brown, sweet pickles, iced tea and plenty of other favorite beverages.  This year’s event promises to continue the long-standing traditions of Shad Planking.
Shad Planking traces its origin to the early 1930s when a group of friends gathered at Wrenn’s Mill in Isle Of Wight County during the spring running of the shad in the James River.  They planked the shad after the tradition of native Virginia Indians and they talked politics after the tradition of their fathers before them.  As the tradition grew, the Wakefield Ruritan Club assumed sponsorship of the event in 1949.  Generations of Virginia politicians have attended and addressed the Shad Planking gathering. Such legendary figures in Virginia politics as Harry Byrd, Senior and Junior, Mills Godwin, John Warner, John Hager, Doug Wilder, Mary Sue Terry, Bob McDonnell, Mark Warner and many others have generously given of their time and talent to support this event.  The gathering is truly a unique assembly of the many and varying views of the people and politics of Virginia.  It has come to be an important event in the political life of the Commonwealth. 
The Wakefield Ruritan Club donates all earnings from this event to local community service organizations such as the Wakefield Youth Baseball/Softball League, fire departments and rescue squads. Tickets are available through the Virginia Diner in Wakefield, Virginia by calling 1-800-935-4004 or through the Wakefield Ruritan Club by mail at P O Box 148, Wakefield, VA  23888 and also on their website at  Credit cards are accepted at the Diner and on the Shad Planking website.  Ticket prices are $25 in advance. For further information contact Robert Bain by phone at 757-641-8060 or by email at

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