The annual ritual held in Wakefield, Va., is a must-attend festival for politicians. Here’s a guide to one of the more interesting Virginia traditions.
Shad planking is older than you are. The name refers to a practice started in the 1930s and inherited from Virginia Indian tribes. Shad — an oily, bony fish found in the nearby James River — is prepared on wood planks. The fish are nailed to white oak boards, leaned against a rack and cooked over an open fire for three hours or so. Jay Paul/FTWP/Jay Paul Buy Photo