Real People, Real Good: Becky Hopkins

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 direc…

The Tradition and History of the Shad Planking

It all started in Smithfield, Virginia, in the 1930s. A small gathering of friends used to celebrate the start of fishing season by catching shad.  These friends would take the oily, bony fish and smo…

The Wakefield Ruritan Club

Who are the Wakefield Ruritan Club? 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 fr…