2016 National Mountain Dulcimer Championship

45th 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 16, 2015 Time: 12:30 PM

Contest Name: 2016 National Mountain Dulcimer Championships

1st Place Winner: Mark Gilston City/State/Zip: Cedar Park, TX 78613 E-Mail Address: mark@gilston.com Web Address: www.markgilston.com Prize Instrument Selected: The 4FHKK Custom Mountain Dulcimer provided by The Dulcimer Shoppe/McSpadden Mountain Dulcimers of Mountain View, AR

2nd Place Winner: Cassandra Damper City/State/Zip: Houston, TX 77004 E-Mail Address: cassandradamper@yahoo.com Web Address: NA Prize Instrument Selected: The 6FHWR-E Baritone Walnut Baritone Mountain Dulcimer provided by The Dulcimer Shoppe/McSpadden Mountain Dulcimers of Mountain View, AR

3rd Place Winner: Wendy Songe City/State/Zip: Tulsa, OK 74153 E-Mail Address: wendysonge@yahoo.com Web Address: www.wendysonge.com Prize Instrument Selected: The 4FGCS Mountain dulcimer provided by The Dulcimer Shoppe/McSpadden Mountain Dulcimers of Mountain View, AR

Photo Pictured L-R: Cassandra Damper of Houston, TX (2nd Place), Mark Gilston of Cedar Park, TX (1st Place), and Wendy Songe of Tulsa, OK (3rd Place)