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Shad Planking 2011 

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Covering yourself with stickers – sometimes, for rival candidates -- is a Shad Planking tradition.
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Experienced attendees bring folding chairs so they can sit and sip in the shade.
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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine fails to show, provoking some jeers.
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Sen. Mark Warner greets attendees.
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A giveaway at U.S. Senate candidate Jamie Radtke’s tent: “Liberal Rose Colored Glasses.”
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Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott is one of few Democrats in attendance.
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U.S. Senate candidate George Allen is surrounded by supporters and reporters.
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A crowd gathers for Gov. Bob McDonnell’s speech.
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Standing around makeshift tables, people chow down on fried and smoked shad (watch out for the bones), coleslaw, baked beans and corn muffins.
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Tea party activist and U.S. Senate candidate Jamie Radtke walks with Gov. Bob McDonnell, trailed by a young Confederate-flag bearer.
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Gov. Bob McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and former Gov. George Allen chat on stage.
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The Confederate flag hovers over the crowd as Wednesday’s speechifying begins.
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Gov. Bob McDonnell gives the thumbs up as he prepares to give the traditional one-liner-laced speech.
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Blue shirt, khaki pants and a Confederate flag: a popular sartorial choice at the Shad Planking. [This caption has been corrected from an earlier version, which incorrectly called the flag the "stars and bars." That term refers to an earlier version of the Confederate flag.]
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A giveaway at U.S. Senate candidate Jamie Radtke’s tent: “Liberal Rose Colored Glasses.”

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