I have very exciting news to share with you, dear readers!
I’ve been tapped as a featured guest/blogger/commentator for the 68th annual Shad Planking event here in real Virginia. The event will take place on April 22,2016, from 12-7pm. Read more about my participation in the event below:
Her passion for politics will bring Gabriella to the 68th Shad Planking and Grapes & Grains Festival, but there are other reasons she will be attending. “I’m looking forward to my first Shad Planking event this year,” she told us. “As a transplant to Virginia, I know this event is key to the Virginia experience. Every Virginian—native or not—should attend this event. Virginia has welcomed my family with open arms. What better way to get together with fellow Virginians than at an event centered around politics and fish? I can’t wait to attend!”
What is Shad Planking? It’s a premiere event for Virginians–political and non-political. It’s a great day of fellowship, politicking, good food, and excellent drinks.
The event mixes politics with charity along with being paired with drinks and good food. It’ll largely benefit the Wakefield Ruritan Club, which has hosted the event since 1949. They believe in “fellowship, goodwill, and community service.” Below is more about the organization:
The Wakefield Ruritan Club has hosted the annual Shad Planking since 1949. The United States classifies the club as a non-profit 501(C)(4) organization.
Proceeds from the Shad Planking go directly to the Ruritan Club, which is dedicated to improving communities and building a better Virginia through “fellowship, goodwill, and community service”. Buying a ticket for the Shad Planking has a direct and powerful effect on the every day lives of the good people of Wakefield and its surrounding rural areas. While you are trying the best Virginia has to offer, you can feel confident that your entrance to the 68th Shad Planking has made Virginia a better place.
Many people know the Shad Planking for its political influence and the sense of camaraderie. What many people don’t know is that the profits for the event have always gone back into the community. The Wakefield Ruritan Club has been creating real and meaningful good for Wakefield and the surrounding areas for generations. Among others beneficiaries, the Wakefield Ruritan Club has directly contributed to the local fire department, 4-H Club, and youth baseball. The Wakefield Ruritan Club also awards scholarships directly to deserving young people.
Ruritan National has nearly 30,000 members throughout the United States, that work to improve more than 1,100 local communities. If you would like more information or would like to join a club close to you head over to the Ruritan’s website
Early-bird tickets are $25, but regularly cost $30.
It promises to be a fantastic event. I look forward to attending, and hope you do the same too!