Becky Hopkins, The Shad Planker Who Fights for Everyday Justice
“It’s exciting to be a part of history.”—Becky Hopkins
Today the Shad Planking recognizes Becky Hopkins, the crowd-anointed social director of the Tri-Cities. More than anyone in her community, Becky has her finger on the pulse of Virginia. If there is something good going down in Hopewell, Petersburg, or Colonial Heights, Becky knows about it—she might even be running it.
As a paralegal at Charles V. Hardenbergh, P.C., Becky acts as a shield for everyday Virginians. She works tirelessly to melt away the stress caused by getting a Reckless Driving ticket in Virginia. (You may not know this, but Reckless Driving is a misdemeanor in Virginia, and if a driver is convicted, her or she will have a permanent criminal record.)
Becky travels to the Shad Planking each year with a great group of friends whom she connected with through the Hopewell Junior Chamber of Commerce, aka the Hopewell Jaycees, many years ago. (Becky is a past president of the group, as are many of the Who’s Who of Hopewell.) The nonprofit volunteer group coordinates fundraisers and scholarship and helps underprivileged children have a joyous and fulfilling Christmas. Members of the Hopewell Junior Chamber of Commerce have a real impact in the community through caring, outreach, and leadership and are proud of their commitment to their community.
Becky first traveled to the Shad Planking 12 years ago. She had her first ticket torn with Delegate Riley Ingram and his family. Just like this year, it was a presidential election year, and the festival grounds were brimming with attendees. As a true social butterfly, Becky immediately began making new friends and relationships. She keeps coming back to see the diversity of people in attendance and of course to meet new and interesting people. Everyone, from the most influential politicians, to hard-working laborers, to farmers to business executives, have a good time and get along with one another at the Shad Planking.
When asked to sum up the Shad Planking Becky looked as though she was remembering some great times. She replied, “The Shad Planking is lots of fun; it’s exciting to be a part of history. The event runs across social boundaries and it’s always . . . interesting to eat Shad and Shad roe. It’s a tradition for young and old, where Republicans and Democrats come together to agree to disagree and share in fun and fellowship.”
Becky recalls one year when a shiny black van with darkened windows pulled up to the event grounds. The van sat silent for a few moments and several heads turns to look. The van door slid open. Like Rock Stars descending upon the red carpet, former presidents of the Jaycees and a former sheriff exited the vehicle. (We commend them for arranging a designated driver for the event.)
For those who have never been, Becky would like you to know that “the Shad Planking is a feel-good event, very social, no one feels like a stranger. You can feel the camaraderie and fellowship. It’s just a fun day where the political undertones always make for interesting conversations and new friends to be met.”
Come meet Becky Hopkins and other amazing people at the 68th Shad Planking and Grapes & Grains Festival. Get your tickets now, hassle-free, at shadplanking.ticketleap.com