2017 Shad, Grapes and Grains Festival

By Wakefield Ruritan Club - Shad Planking (other events)

Friday, April 21 2017 1:00 PM 6:30 PM

Ticket Price on the day of the event is $25.  Buy now.

"The Spring Rite of Virginia Festivals!"

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.

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.  In 2017 some of Virginia's most important people and candidates from both sides of the aisle will speak are antcipated to be in attendance at the event. 

Your ticket grants you tastes of Virginia's best shad, shad roe, wines and whiskeys, along with plenty of beer options!  And there will be plenty of Shad for 2017...   Additional food will be available on-site for purchase.  The Shad Planking truely is the best event in the entire state of Virginia and all of the funds raised from the event are invested within the Wakefield Community and support community organizations.  


Each person attending must have a ticket. Tickets are limited and will be distributed on a first come basis. We are not responsible for lost tickets. All sales are final.  Wine and alcoholic beverage tastings are restricted to people 21 years of age and older.