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Mark Warner to speak at Shad Planking!

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Wakefield Ruritan Club
Shad Planking

U.S. Senator Mark Warner to speak 
at 66th Annual Shad Planking!

The 66th Annual Shad Planking, sponsored by the Wakefield Ruritan Club, will be held on the grounds of the Wakefield Sportsman’s Club at 12205 Brittles Mill Road, 4 miles west of Wakefield, VA beginning at 2:00 pm on Wednesday April 16, 2014.  The speaker for this year’s event will be U. S. Senator Mark R. Warner. Warner served as Governor of Virginia from 2002-2006 and was elected to the U. S. Senate in 2008, and currently serves on the Senate Banking, Budget, Commerce and Intelligence committees. He organized the Senate’s Gang of Six, which has worked since 2011 to find a bipartisan path towards responsible deficit and debt reduction, and has reached across the aisle to co-sponsor numerous bills with Republican colleagues. He, his wife Lisa Collis and their three daughters live in Alexandria, Virginia.

Senator Warner has been a past supporter of the Shad Planking and we are looking forward to his return on April 16th. The 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.

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The afternoon event will begin at 2:00 pm and end at 6:30 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 golden brown, baked beans, sweet pickles, iced tea and plenty of other favorite beverages.  This year’s event promises to continue the long-standing traditions of Shad Planking.

The Shad Planking traces its origin to the early 1930s when a group of friends gathered together 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, Gerald Baliles, Mary Sue Terry, George Allen 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 projects such as youth athletic and scholarship programs, food pantries, and volunteer fire and rescue organizations.
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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Wakefield Ruritan Club - Shad Planking
P. O. Box 148
Wakefield, Virginia 23888

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