2016 National Hammer Dulcimer Championships

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 17, 2015 Time: 6:00 PM

Contest Name: 2016 National Hammer Dulcimer Championships

1st 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 Master Works CBWXR7Bantam Weight Chromatic Extended
Range Hammer Dulcimer provided by Master Works of Bennington, OK

2nd Place Winner: Colin Beasley City/State/Zip: Mobile, AL 36695 E-Mail Address: colinbeasley4@gmail.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: Scott Kirchner City/State/Zip: St. Louis, MO 63109 E-Mail Address: sakmd@alo.com Prize Instrument Selected: A Huddelson Josh Messick UL400C Chromatic Hammer Dulcimer presented by Mike Huddleson Stringed Instruments of Wichita, KS


Pictured L-R: Colin Beasley of Mobile, AL (2nd Place), Ilace Mears of Saddlebrooke, MO (1st Place), and Scott Kirchner of St. Louis, MO (3rd Place)