2017 - Amanda Roberts hails from Dayton, OH and she placed first in this competition. This was Amanda’s first time to Winfield and the Festival. She is the mother of four children and the staff Pianist at Wright State University. She considers herself a musician and a teacher. She teaches music in the elementary grades and at the high school level it is music history. Amanda won the Mid-East Regional Hammer Dulcimer competition and that qualified her for the Festival’s contest. In addition to the hammer dulcimer she plays the piano and percussion.
Overland Park, Kansas... The Walnut Valley / Elkin Thomas Golf Scramble was held for the 21st year this past September. Felix Baz-Dresch has been the person behind the scene, working each year to assemble the event connected with the Walnut Valley Festival. Sad to say, we have received word of the passing of Felix at the age of 79 years young. Felix was a true gem of a person with numerous interests. Along with golf, Felix loved music and was an accomplished banjo musician who enjoyed sharing this love with others, especially at the Walnut Valley Festival.