The Details About the 68th Shad Planking and Grapes and Grains Festival

Shad Planking Fast Facts


12205 Brittles Mill Rd., Wakefield, VA 23888


Friday, April 22, 2016, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Shad and Shad Roe service starts at 3pm.

What does it cost?

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate.

What if it rains?

The event will be held rain or shine.  No matter the weather, the Shad Planking’s going to be a lot of fun.

What is the schedule of events for the day?

See them here.

What do I get with my ticket?

A tasting glass for samples from Virginia’s best wineries and distilleries, live music, political speeches, arts, crafts, social causes, outreach programs, a taste of our famous smoked Shad and Shad roe, and Virginia’s best and brightest citizens.

In one sentence, what is the 68th Shad Planking and Grapes & Grains Festival?

The perfect marriage of a political rally and a wine & whiskey festival.

Who will be there?

Political figures, wineries, distilleries, VA arts and crafts, non-profits, social causes, outreach organizations, and 1000s of people like you.

Where do I park?

Parking is available on site.  Overflow parking is in walking distance, and we will have shuttle service as well.

How many people attend?

In past years, the Shad Planking has attracted up to 4,000 people.  We expect about 10 wineries and distilleries and 30 vendors and exhibitors.

What if I’m not a partisan person, or what if I’m not into politics?

The Shad Planking exists beyond any political or partisan concepts. It doesn’t matter what your political beliefs are, or even if you have any.  We guarantee you will find something or someone amazing at this event.

Is this event for charity?

Yes, proceeds for this event go directly to helping the good citizens of Wakefield, Virginia, and the surrounding rural area.

Who is running this event?

This event is hosted by the Wakefield Ruritan Club, a wise and compassionate 501(c)(4) organization that creates a better Virginia through “Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service.”  While you have a great time at the event, you can know in your heart that you are also directly helping the citizens of the region.

Can I bring my children?

This event is intended for adults 21 and up.

Can I bring my dog?

We love dogs, but please leave them at home.

Can I bring folding chairs or blankets?

Please do, the festival atmosphere lends itself well to these.  However, outside food, drink, and coolers are not permitted. 

Will there be food other then Shad and Shad Roe?

Yes.  Local food vendors will be selling their delicious cuisine to compliment the free Shad and Shad Roe.  Bring your appetite.


Shad Planking Explainer Video

Learn More: Articles and Further Information about the Shad Planking


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Prefer to get tickets through the mail? Download our brochure and mail it along with a check or money order and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

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