Every Year the Shad Planking Makes National News.
Scores of influential people from politicians to journalists to radio and tv personalities have let their thoughts about the historical event to be known. The following are some relevant quotes from some big names.
“Shad Planking is a lot about reminding us what’s right about America. All the things that separate us are slim compared to what binds.”
Former Governor of Virginia and Current U.S. Senator
“Big crowds, good food, and a political who’s who are just a part of what the shad planking event is all about. One of the most interesting parts of this event is the sea of signs. It’s called the sign wars, where opposing camps come out days in advance and stake their claim to the surrounding area.”
National Cable News Channel
“Since at least 1965, every successful Virginia gubernatorial candidate has attended the Shad Planking the year he won election.”
The Washington Post
Most Widely Circulated Newspaper Published in Washington, D.C
“In recent election cycles, candidates for Congress and the Virginia governorship began to treat the event as a must-do. And several plankings featured highly publicized encounters and good-natured ribbing between political rivals.”
Nationally Televised News Program
“I look at this as the kickoff for the general election, so to speak,” Allen told reporters. “This is … the best bipartisan political event in Virginia. Folks have a good time, talking to one another, having their various viewpoints and so forth. And it’s fun. It’s the way politics ought to be.”
Former Congressman, Senator, and Virginia Governor