Arkansas State Finger Style Guitar Champion Announced

Thumb Picking workshops, a Traditional Thumb Picking Guitar Contest and the 4th Annual Arkansas State Finger Style Guitar Championship filled the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas with guitar players of all talent levels May 18th and 19th, 2018.

The Ozark Folk Center hosted the 4th Annual Arkansas State Finger Style Guitar Championship in conjunction with the workshops. Guitarists from all over the United States competed for cash prizes and the opportunity to represent Arkansas in the International Finger Style Guitar Championship to be held September 12th through 16th, 2018 at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.

Winners of the Arkansas State Finger Style Guitar Championship are First Place: Payton Blanchard, Olathe, Kansas. Justin LaBelle, Boylston, Massachusettes won Second Place and James Clinkingboard, Mountain Home Arkansas won Third place.

The Ozark Folk Center, an Arkansas State Park, is America’s only facility that works at preserving the Ozark heritage and a wonderful way to enjoy yesterday presented in such an entertaining way. Visit their website: www.ozarkfolkcenter.com to see what they have to offer. Listen for excerpts from the competitions on Ozark Highlands Radio, a public radio program, featuring music from the Ozark mountains. For more information on where you can tune in, visit their website: www.ozarkhighlandsradio.com.