Ozark Folk Center Announces 2016 Southern Regional Dulcimer Champions

The Ozark Folk Center hosted the 39th 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.

Winners of the 2016 Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship are: 1st Place:
Irma Reeder, Albuquerque, New Mexico; 2nd Place: Diane Larrabee, Livingston, Texas; 3rd Place: Jan Carroll, Lawton, Oklahoma.

Irma Reeder is the winner of a McSpadden Mountain Dulcimer made by The Dulcimer Shoppe and presented by luthier and shop owner Jim Woods. Irma also received a check from the Ozark Folk Center, a trophy, and a Full-Festival pass to the Walnut Valley Festival and entry into the National Mountain Dulcimer Championship held September 14 – 18, 2016 in Winfield, Kansas.

Winners of the Southern Regional Hammer Dulcimer Championship are: 1st Place: Scott Kirchner, St. Louis, Missouri; 2nd Place: Ben Haguewood, Mineral Point, Missouri; and 3rd Place: Emily Billing, Pottsville, Arkansas.

Scott Kirchner is the winner of a Master Works, Inc. Hammer Dulcimer presented by luthier, Russell Cook. Scott also received a check from the Ozark Folk Center, a trophy, and a Full-Festival pass to the Walnut Valley Festival and entry into the National Hammer Dulcimer Championship held September 14-18, 2016 in Winfield, Kansas.

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:
and a Full-Festival pass to the Walnut Valley Festival and entry into the National Hammer Dulcimer Championship held September 14-18, 2016 in Winfield, Kansas.

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.