Walnut Valley News

2014 National Bluegrass Banjo winners

43rd Annual Walnut Valley Festival – Winfield, Kansas

Held annually each year on the 3rd weekend in September, the Walnut Valley Festival is the home of the International Autoharp Championship, the International Fingerstyle Guitar, the National Mountain Dulcimer, the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship, the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship and the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship. Other contests held at the Walnut Valley Festival are the National Mandolin Championship and the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle.  

2014 National Flat-Pick Guitar Champions named

Date: September 20, 2014                        Time: 1:00 PM

Contest Name: 2014 National Guitar Flat Pick Championships

2014 National Hammer Dulcimer champions named

Date: September 20, 2014                         Time: 6:00 PM

Contest Name: 2014 National Hammer Dulcimer Championships

1st Place Winner:  Karen Alley
City/State: Boulder, CO  
Web Address: www.facebook.com/karenalleydulcimer
Prize Instrument Selected:  A Master Works RXECR15 Russell Cook Edition Extended Range      
      Hammered Dulcimer presented by Master Works
          of Bennington, OK

2014 Walnut Valley Old-Time Fiddle champions

Date: September 19, 2014                         Time: 10:00 PM

Contest Name: 2014 Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championships

1st Place Winner:  Bronwyn Keith-Hynes
City/State: Jamaica Plains, MA 
Web site:  www.bronwynkeithhynes.com
Prize Instrument Selected:  The Heinrich Gill 62 Fiddle represented by 
        Beautiful Music Violin Shop of Lawrence, KS

2014 National Mountain Dulcimer champions

Date: September 19, 2014                         Time: 1:00 PM

Contest Name: 2014 National Mountain Dulcimer Championships

1st Place Winner:  Duane Porterfield
City/State: Mountain View, AR  
Prize Instrument Selected:  The 4FHKK Custom Mountain Dulcimer provided by 
    The Dulcimer Shoppe/McSpadden Mountain
         Dulcimers of Mountain View, AR

2014 National Mandolin Championship winners

Date: September 19, 2014                         Time: 5:00 PM

Contest Name: 2014 National Mandolin Championships

1st Place Winner:  Ethan Setiawan
City/State:  Middleberg, IN  
Prize Instrument Selected:  The Clark F5 Mandolin provided by Clark Mandolins of Boise, ID

2nd Place Winner:  Gordon Neidinger
City/State: Pittsburg, PA 
Prize Instrument Selected:  The Collings MF5 Custom
      Mandolin provided by Collings Guitars, Inc
        of Austin, TX

2014 International Finger-Style Guitar champions named

Date: September 19, 2014                         Time: 10:30 PM

Contest Name: 2014 International Finger Style Guitar Championships

1st Place Winner:  Helen Avakian
City/State/Zip: Fitchburg, WI 
Website: www.HelenAvakian.com
Prize Instrument Selected: The Taylor 814e Grand Orchestra Guitar provided by 
           Taylor Guitars Inc of El Cajon, CA 

2014 International Autoharp Championship winners

Date: September 18, 2014                         Time: 11:30 AM

Contest Name: 2014 International Autoharp Contest