Walnut Valley News

Organizer of the Elkin Thomas Golf Scramble Passes

Overland Park, Kansas... The Walnut Valley / Elkin Thomas Golf Scramble was held for the 21st year this past September. Felix Baz-Dresch has been the person behind the scene, working each year to assemble the event connected with the Walnut Valley Festival. Sad to say, we have received word of the passing of Felix at the age of 79 years young. Felix was a true gem of a person with numerous interests. Along with golf, Felix loved music and was an accomplished banjo musician who enjoyed sharing this love with others, especially at the Walnut Valley Festival.

Complete list of the top 3 winners for each contest at 2017 Walnut Valley Festival / National Flat-Picking Championships

2017 Winners of the Walnut Valley Festival Instrument Championships

International Autoharp Champions

1st Place - Cindy Harris from Pittsburgh, PA 2nd Place – Karen Nickel from Winfield, KS 3rd Place – Michael Poole from Chapel Hill, NC

International Finger Style Guitar Champions

1st Place – Christie Lenee from Nashville, TN 2nd Place – Travis Bowman from Alexander, AR 3rd Place – Matt Thomas from Virginia Beach, VA

National Mountain Dulcimer Champions

2017 Bluegrass Banjo Champions Named

The Walnut Valley Association congratulates the 2017 winners of the Bluegrass Banjo Championship Contest.

1st – Kyle Tuttle from Nashville, TN

Prize Instrument Selected: The Ome Megatone Bluegrass Banjo provided by Ome Banjos of Boulder, CO

2nd – Eric Welty from Argyle, TX

Prize Instrument Selected: The Deering Calico 5-String Banjo provided by Deering Banjo Company of Spring Valley, CA

3rd – Eric Hardin from West Jefferson, NC

2017 National Hammer Dulcimer Champions Named

The Walnut Valley Association congratulate this year’s winners of the National Hammer Dulcimer Championship.

1st Place – Amanda Roberts from Dayton, OH

Prize Instrument Selected: Master Works Russell Cook Extended Range Hammer Dulcimer CBWXR7 provided by Master Works of Bennington, OK

2nd Place – Scott Freeman from Lafayette, In

Prize Instrument Selected: Cloud Nine Model 17/16/8 Hammer Dulcimer provided by Michael C. Allen Cloud Nine Musical Instruments of Ostrander, OH

3rd – Colin Beasley from Mobile, AL

2017 National Flat Pick Guitar Champions Named

The Walnut Valley Association congratulate this year’s winners of the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship

1st Place – Andy Hatfield from Peoria, IL

Prize Instrument Selected: Martin D-41 Custom Guitar provided by C.F. Martin & Co. of Nazareth, PA

2nd Place – Jason Shaw from Lincoln, NE

Prize Instrument Selected: Collings Winfield Model Mahogany/Adirondack Spruce Guitar provided by Collings Guitars Inc. of Austin, TX

3rd Place – Adam Wright from Goodlettsville, TN

Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship Winners Announced

The Walnut Valley Association would like to congratulate the winners of the 2017 Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship.

1st Place – Tyler Andal from Nashville, TN

Prize Instrument Selected: Maciej Lacek Master Fiddle represented by Beautiful Music Violin Shop of Lawrence, KS

2nd Place Tashina Clarridge from Mt. Shasta, CA

Prize Instrument Selected: Maciej Lacek Fiddle represented by Beautiful Music Violin Shop of Lawrence, KS

3rd – Regina Scott from Tulsa OK

2017 National Mandolin Champions Named

The Walnut Valley Association congratulate this year’s winners of the National Mandolin Championship

1st Place – Isaac Eicher from Nashville, TN

Prize Instrument Selected: Ellis F5 Special Mandolin provided by Ellis Mandolins of Austin, TX

2nd Place – Solly Burton from Sullivan, IN

Prize Instrument Selected: Collings MF5 Custom Mandolin provided by Collings Guitars, Inc. of Austin, TX

3rd Place – Holten Doucette from Waller, TX

Prize Instrument Selected: Clark F5 Mandolin provided by Clark Mandolins of Boise, ID

2017 National Mountain Dulcimer Champions Named

Contest Name: 2017 National Mountain Dulcimer Championships

1st Place Winner: Matthew Hathaway from Ft. Worth, TX 76179

Prize Instrument Selected: The 4FHKK Custom Koa Mountain Dulcimer provided by The Dulcimer Shoppe/McSpadden Mountain Dulcimers of Mountain View, AR

2nd Place Winner: Keith Reynolds from Labette City, KS 67356

Prize Instrument Selected: The 6FHWR-E Baritone Mountain Dulcimer provided by The Dulcimer Shoppe/McSpadden Mountain Dulcimers of Mountain View, AR

2017 International Finger Style Guitar Champions Named

The Walnut Valley Association congratulates the 2017 winners of the International Finger Style Guitar Championship Contest.

1st Place – Christie Lenee from Nashville, TN

Prize Instrument Selected: The Taylor 814ce Grand Auditorium Guitar provided by Taylor Guitars Inc. of El Cajon, CA

2nd Place – Travis Bowman from Alexander, AR

Prize Instrument Selected: Bourgeois OMC Soloist Guitar provided by Bourgeois Guitars, Inc. of Lewiston, ME

3rd Place – Matt Thomas from Virginia Beach, VA

2017 International Autoharp Champions Named

The Walnut Valley Association would like to congratulate the 2017 winners of the International Autoharp Championship.

1st Place - Cindy Harris from Pittsburgh, PA

2nd Place – Karen Nickel from Winfield, KS

3rd Place – Michael Poole from Chapel Hill, NC