2016 National Bluegrass Banjo Championships

46th Annual Walnut Valley Festival – Winfield, Kansas

Held annually each year on the 3rd weekend in September, the Walnut Valley Festival is the home of the International Autoharp Championship, the International Fingerstyle Guitar, the National Mountain Dulcimer, the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship, the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship and the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship. Other contests held at the Walnut Valley Festival are the National Mandolin Championship and the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle.

Date: September 18, 2016 Time: 1:00 PM

Contest Name: 2016 National Bluegrass Banjo Championships

1st Place Winner: Matt Davis City/State/Zip: Murfreesboro, TN E-Mail Address: matthew.davis123@gmail.com Prize Instrument Selected: The Ome “Oracle” Bluegrass Banjo provided by Ome Banjos of Boulder, CO

2nd Place: Steve Lewis City/State/Zip: Jefferson, NC 28640 E-Mail Address: sdlewis47@gmail.com Prize Instrument Selected: The Deering Calico 5-String Banjo provided by Deering Banjo Company of Spring Valley, CA

3rd Place Winner: Eric Welty
City/State/Zip: Argyle, TX E-Mail Address: ganzfrisch@verizon.net Prize Instrument Selected: The Deering Eagle II Banjo provided by
Deering Banjo Company of Spring Valley, CA

Photo:
Pictured L-R: Steve Lewis of Jefferson, NC (2nd Place), Matthew Davis of Murfreesboro, TN (1st Place), and Eric Welty of Argyle, TX (3rd Place)