Walnut Valley News

Walnut Valley Festival Supports Young Musicians with Performance Opportunities in Acoustic Kids Showcases

For the 28th year running, this September Andy May’s Acoustic Kids Showcases will return to the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield. Acoustic Kids provides a built-in opportunity for musicians aged 16 or younger to perform on the festival’s official stages. Campers and single-day pass-holders can all take part, and each year, a stream of young musicians heads to Stage 2 on Friday and Saturday mornings to play for the best audience in the world.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 2018 Walnut Valley Festival Line-up & Land Rush

There is a mistake in the dates listed for Early Line Up in the July Occasional. Page 4 of the Occasional states that Early Line Up will be from August 15 to August 22.
The correct dates for EARLY LINE UP this year are from August 14 to August 22. We apologize for the typo and any resulting confusion. Below is the complete list of important dates for WVF47 Line-up and Land Rush. Please contact the Festival Office [620-221-3250 or hq@wvfest.com ] if you have any questions.

2018 Walnut Valley Festival Line-up & Land Rush

July Occasional is out

If you haven't gotten the Occasional in the mail (or want to send it to your friends), check it out online. 


2018 Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Champions Announced

Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival celebrated three days of workshops, concerts and competitions June 15th - 17th at Roscoe Village in Coshocton, Ohio.

The Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships were featured during the Sunday concert.

Winners of the Mid-East Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship are: 1st Place: Tish Wesman, Beckley West Virginia 2nd Place: J.D. LaBash, Austintown, Ohio 3rd Place: Linda Sigismondi, Gallipous, Ohio

47th Walnut Valley Festival Poster to feature old 14th Street Bridge

Winfield, Kansas June 25, 2018

Officials at Walnut Valley Association have announced that the poster for this year’s Walnut Valley Festival will feature a landmark familiar to Winfield’s citizens, albeit one that is no longer in existence. The old West 14th Street bridge, which this year was demolished to make way for a new bridge spanning the Walnut River, is the focal point of the poster for the 47th Walnut Valley Festival.

2018 Texas State Dulcimer Champions Announced

The Lone Star State Dulcimer Society (LSSDS) hosted the LSSDS Dulcimer Festival at Glen Rose Park in Glen Rose, Texas on Mother’s Day Weekend. The weekend included workshops for both mountain and hammer dulcimers, led by nationally known instructors, and was highlighted by the Texas State Dulcimer Championships.

Len Swanson from Georgetown, Texas won First Place in the Texas State Mountain Dulcimer Championship. Van Gardner from Decatur, Texas won Second Place and Josh Hathaway from Fort Worth, Texas won Third Place.

Ozark Folk Center Announces 2018 Southern Regional Dulcimer Champions

The Ozark Folk Center hosted the 41st 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.

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.

Redford Family to Continue to Manage Walnut Valley Festival: Bart Redford Appointed Walnut Valley Association Executive Director

Winfield, Kansas March 28, 2018

Kendra Redford, owner of Walnut Valley Association (WVA), has announced that her son, Bart, is now the company’s Executive Director, and will be responsible for organizing the annual Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.

This year marks the 47th year for the Walnut Valley Festival, which will be held Sept. 12-16, 2018. The event draws a crowd of 10-15 thousand people to celebrate a blend of acoustic music, including bluegrass, folk, Americana, Celtic, Swing, Jazz, blues, Cajun, a little bit cowboy, and more.

Walnut Valley Festival Announces Preliminary Lineup for 2018

Walnut Valley Association is pleased to announce that the following artists have been hired to perform at the 47th Walnut Valley Festival, in Winfield, KS, September 12-16, 2018.