Walnut Valley Festival names the Winners of the National Hammer Dulcimer Championship

44th 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.

Date: September 19, 2015 Time: 6:00 PM

Contest Name: 2015 National Hammer Dulcimer Championships

1st Place Winner: Tina Gugeler City/State/Zip: Erie, CO 80516 E-Mail Address: tgugler@yahoo.com Web Address: www.tinagugeler.com Prize Instrument Selected: A Master Works Russell Cook Extended Range Hammered Dulcimer RCEXR 17/17 provided by Master Works of Bennington, OK

2nd Place Winner: Ilace Mears City/State/Zip: Saddlebrooke, MO 65630 E-Mail Address: imears42@centurylink.net Web Address: www.ilacemears.com Prize Instrument Selected: A Cloud Nine Model 17/16/8 Hammer Dulcimer provided by Michael C. Allen Cloud Nine Musical Instruments of Ostrander, OH

3rd Place Winner: Kyle Paxton City/State/Zip: Santa Rosa Beach, FL
E-Mail Address: kyle@kylepaxton.com Prize Instrument Selected: A Huddelson UL400C Chromatic Hammer Dulcimer presented by Mike Huddleson Stringed Instruments of Wichita, KS