Walnut Valley News

2017 Texas State Dulcimer Champions Announced

The Lone Star State Dulcimer Society hosted the LSSDS Dulcimer Festival at Glen Rose Park in Glen Rose, Texas on Mother’s Day Weekend. The weekend included workshops for both mountain and hammer dulcimers, led by nationally known instructors, and was highlighted by the Texas State Dulcimer Championships.

Matthew Hathaway from Fort Worth, Texas won First Place in the Texas State Mountain Dulcimer Championship. Margaret Wright from Kennard, Texas won Second Place and Van W Gardner from Decatur, Texas won Third Place.


The Inter-Mountain Acoustic Music Association (IAMA) and the Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music (OFOAM) joined together to present the 10th Annual Ogden Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival. The festival was held June 2nd through June 4th at Fort Buenaventura, Utah.

The festival featured the Utah State Instrument Championships, sponsored by IAMA, with competitions in both open and novice divisions in Mandolin, Fiddle, Banjo and Flat Pick Guitar. The open competitions also featured Finger Style Guitar.

2017 Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Champions Announced

Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival celebrated three days of workshops, concerts and competitions June 16th -- 18th at Roscoe Village in Coshocton, Ohio.

The Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships were featured during the Sunday concert.

Winners of the Mid-East Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship are: 1st Place: Sarah Lockard, Oberlin, Ohio 2nd Place: Tish Wesman, Beckley West Virginia 3rd Place: J.D. LaBash, Austintown, Ohio

Arkansas State Finger Style Guitar Champion Announced

Thumb Picking workshops, a Traditional Thumb Picking Guitar Contest and the 3rd Annual Arkansas State Finger Style Guitar Championship filled the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas with guitar players of all talent levels May 19th and 20th, 2017.

Ozark Folk Center Announces 2017 Southern Regional Dulcimer Champions

The Ozark Folk Center hosted the 40th Annual Dulcimer Jamboree in Mountain View, Arkansas. The Dulcimer Jamboree provided workshops in both mountain and hammer dulcimers at all levels of playing skills. Evening concerts featured workshop instructors along with their regular cast of local and regional bands. The Saturday evening concert featured the contestants of the Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship and the Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship.

2017 Artists (As of 2/2/2017)

The Walnut Valley Association is pleased to announce a partial list of performing artists that have agreed to perform at the 2017 Walnut Valley Festival.

Less than 2 Weeks Left on December Special Ticket Prices

The Walnut Valley Association today is releasing a partial list of hired performers for the 46th annual Walnut Valley Festival which will be held this year beginning with workshops and the 2016 Contest Champions Concert on September 13th and the full festival running September 14 through 17 at the Winfield Fairgrounds. December Special priced tickets are still on sale today through February 15th for music fans that want to take advantage of the biggest savings per ticket.

Bob L. Redford (July 2, 1938 - December 17, 2016)

Bob L. Redford, 78, of Burden, Kansas, passed away on December 17, at Peace of Mind, Rose Hill House, Rose Hill, Kansas.

Bob L. Redford Passes

Walnut Valley Association President Bob L. Redford passed away on December 17 at the Peace of Mind Rose Hill Home in Rose Hill, Kansas. The official obituary and funeral service information will be shared once available. To share a favorite memory of Bob you are invited to post on the Walnut Valley Festival Facebook site which is linked below on this site.

2017 Early Bird Tickets

Christmas time is here, and our early-bird tickets are available again. $75 for the full 2017 Festival.

Call the office at (620) 221-3250, or print out the order form.