A generations-old spring cookout in Virginia
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The Wakefield Sportsmen’s Club, in Wakefield, Virginia.
A freshly caught American shad.
Wetting a line in the James River.
The fire is lit before the six hours it takes to plank a shad.
The Wakefield Shad Planking’s roots reach back to the early 1930s, when a group of men gathered to cook shad on wooden planks along the James River.
Ernest Crockett with butterflied shad.
Crockett carries fish to the fire.
A row of planked shad during the smoking process.
Tending to the fire.
Prepping the shad.
Mopping a planked shad.
A planked shad.
Crowds gather beneath the trees.
A line forms at the Wakefield Shad Planking.
Lunch is served.
Attendees enjoy the food and fellowship.
The James River.
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