The 6th Annual Robin Kessinger Festival June 3-4, 2016 partnered with Heritage Farms to produce the Way Back Weekend and Robin Kessinger Festival. The Festival hosted instructional workshops for flat pick guitar, mandolin and fiddle, and concerts the Bing Brothers Band featuring Jake Krack, Robin Kessinger, Wayne Henderson, Robert Shafer, Dan Kessinger, Roger Rabalais, Jodi & Tim Harbink, Karl Hepler, Jesse Smith, Allen Shadd, and the 2014 West Virginia State Flat Pick Guitar Championship.
Contestants who competed for prizes were -
First Place, Presley Barkley from North Wilkesboro, North Carolina winning a Craig Southern custom dreadnaught guitar.
Second Place winner, Matt Lindsey from Culloden, West Virginia won a Blueridge dreadnaught Mahogany BR-140.
Third Place winner, Bryant Underwood from Charleston, West Virginia won a Sigma OM Rosewood guitar.
The West Virginia State Flat Pick Guitar Championship is sanctioned by the Walnut Valley Festival which has hosted the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship for 45 years. The West Virginia Championship winner is invited to compete in the national competition at Winfield, Kansas September 14th through 18, 2016.