Walnut Valley News

2017 Artists (As of 2/2/2017)

The Walnut Valley Association is pleased to announce a partial list of performing artists that have agreed to perform at the 2017 Walnut Valley Festival.

Less than 2 Weeks Left on December Special Ticket Prices

The Walnut Valley Association today is releasing a partial list of hired performers for the 46th annual Walnut Valley Festival which will be held this year beginning with workshops and the 2016 Contest Champions Concert on September 13th and the full festival running September 14 through 17 at the Winfield Fairgrounds. December Special priced tickets are still on sale today through February 15th for music fans that want to take advantage of the biggest savings per ticket.

Bob L. Redford (July 2, 1938 - December 17, 2016)

Bob L. Redford, 78, of Burden, Kansas, passed away on December 17, at Peace of Mind, Rose Hill House, Rose Hill, Kansas.

Bob L. Redford Passes

Walnut Valley Association President Bob L. Redford passed away on December 17 at the Peace of Mind Rose Hill Home in Rose Hill, Kansas. The official obituary and funeral service information will be shared once available. To share a favorite memory of Bob you are invited to post on the Walnut Valley Festival Facebook site which is linked below on this site.

Voucher Applications No Longer Available

January 3, 2017

The deadline has passed for turning in requests for to be issued a credit voucher to cover electric and camping costs related to the flooding of the campgrounds during the 2016 Walnut Valley Festival.

Decision Reached Regarding Festival Electric / Camping Credit Vouchers

After discussion with all organizations involved, it has been decided that campers who were forced to move from the Winfield Fairgrounds to alternate campground locations prior to the start of the 2016 Walnut Valley Festival may submit requests for a voucher to receive 2017 festival credit for extra expenses incurred as a result of this inconvenience. The request for vouchers will be considered on an individual basis, using information received and Walnut Valley records.

The latest on Camping / Electric Options

September 30, 2016 The Walnut Valley Association and the City of Winfield are continuing to pursue options for campers from the previous Walnut Valley Festival that were forced to relocate from the Winfield Fairgrounds just prior to the start of this year’s festival. A meeting to have been this week with the City of Winfield had to be rescheduled due to a conflict and is expected to take place next week. Please watch the official Walnut Valley Website and the Walnut Valley Facebook site for information when it becomes available. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.

Thank You from Bob & Walnut Valley Association

I read in the paper that we were on track to have one of the wettest Septembers on record. The wettest September was 2008. No surprise there. Our workers still remember that year. Both years, 2008 and 2016, we were ahead of schedule in the set-up of the Festival. And both years, we had to tear everything down, move it off grounds, and set it up again when the water receded from the fairgrounds. A double set-up and teardown within the space of a week. Was it double the pleasure, double the fun? No, but our workers are dedicated to the Festival and they got it done.

September 29, 2016 - Update on Electric and Festival app

WVA is currently in talks with City of Winfield about the possibility of enabling WV Festival campers to use vouchers for payment on electric at next year’s festival, if they were unable to obtain service at the Winfield City Lake or elsewhere this year.

2016 Winners of the Walnut Valley Festival Instrument Contests

2016 International Autoharp Championship 1st Place: Betty Scott from Dallas, TX 2nd Place: Cindy Harris from Pittsburgh, PA 3rd Place: Steve Luper from Andover, KS

2016 International Finger Style Guitar Championship 1st Place Jack Wilson, Elk Grove Village, IL 2nd Place Dan Bliss, Merriam, KS 3rd Chang Chung-Lin, Taipei City, Taiwan

2016 National Mountain Dulcimer Championship 1st Place Winner: Mark Gilston from Cedar Park, TX 2nd Place Winner: Cassandra Damper from Houston, TX 3rd Place Winner: Wendy Songe from Tulsa, OK