Welcome to the 46th Annual Walnut Valley Festival.
The WVA Voice will hopefully keep you up to date with changes in schedule, contest winners, tidbits of info and etc. If you enjoy the WVA Voice, let us know. Thanks for coming and enjoy this year’s Festival! Larry Junker
The WVA Voice is available at the following locations: Walnut Valley Festival Information Booth, Kampground Coffee, Stage 6, Stage 5, G-Spot Camp (north of Hway 160) and numerous other camp sites.
Information Booth – The Information Booth under the South end of the Grandstand will be open for your convenience and purchase of Festival memorabilia including Festival lapel pins and $10 Belt Buckles during the following hours:
- Tuesday 9/12 from 9AM to 5 PM
- Wednesday, 9/13 from 8 AM to 8 PM
- Thursday - Saturday 9/14-16 from 8 AM to 11 PM
- Sunday, 9/17 from 8 AM to 4 PM
These are held tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13th:
- Melodic Autoharp with Adam Miller
- Mountain Dulcimer Delta Blues with Bing Futch
- Help for Frustrated Fiddlers with Betse Ellis
- Flat Pick Guitar with Tim May
- Banjo with Gina Clowes
- Blues Guitar with Nick Charles
- Inspiration/Craft in Songwriting with Claire Lynch
- Finger Style Guitar with Stephen Bennett
- Bluegrass Vocals with Chris Jones
- Bass with Mark Schatz
- Mandolin with Steve Smith
For registration information, please contact the Walnut Valley Association Office at 620-221-3250
“Looking For Something To Do Today?" – On Tuesday, September 12th the Winfield Arts & Humanities Council will be hosting an American Heritage Music Mini Fest. This will be held at the Baden Square Community Center at 700 Gary St. The event starts at 9:00 AM with Brian Henke. Other artists include Helen Avakian, Pop and the Boys, Barry Patton & the State Line Boys, Adam Miller, and Ernie Hill. That’s today, Tuesday, September 12th for some great music and it’s Free! And if at Noon you’re hungry, they will provide you with a “Brown Bag” Lunch for only $5.00. Call WAHC Office at 221- 2161. Lunch and music – who could ask for anything more.
Stage 5 – Is In Its 31st Year
Sign up for Stage 5 will start on Wednesday, Sept. 13th at 9:00 AM. The Stage 5 schedule will be published in the WVA Voice starting on Thursday morning.
Campground Radio 105.7 FM
The Voice of the Walnut Valley Festival
“Tune in for News – Weather – Music"
There are a number of things that has made the Walnut Valley Festival the recipient of many national awards and praise. Music has to be at the top of the list with the environment and camp ground jamming a close second. Another has to be the services. One of those services is unique above all festivals and that is its own radio station just to serve you the campers. There is ‘round the clock music of this year’s entertainers highlighting their new albums. Camp ground radio will give you an opportunity to learn about a new performer or a veteran you just have not seen heard before. There is festival news and other information at the top and bottom of the hour. In case of an emergency, there are dedicated continuous updates to help keep you safe.
Look for festival radio on the radio dial at your campsite, in your camper, car, or truck at 105.7 FM. But did you know it can now be heard on the newer smart phones making it even more convenient in case of an emergency. In some cases it’s a few key strokes on your phone or a quick call to your cell phone provider.
Wednesday Evening Concert
September 13th – 7:00 pm – Stage III
9th Annual Wednesday Champion Showcase Concert.
What a night it will be featuring seven Champions of the 2015 contests contributing their talents for this special concert. Be there when Betty Scott, Matthew Davis, Ilace Mears, Jack Wilson, Mark Gilston and Jordan Ramsey jumpstart the music into high gear. Bring your lawn chairs to Stage 3 and hang on to your hats ‘cause the talent will blow you away. You must have a full festival wristband to attend this special concert
Winfield Main Street Hamburger Cookout & Live
Date: Tuesday, September 12th 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Location: 9th and Millington
Hamburgers and all the fixins are $7 or two meats for $10 and $5 for a hotdog dinner. Downtown Winfield Music Crawl: Various restaurants & retailers in downtown Winfield will have live music from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Music at the cook-out will be provided by the Mando Mamas. Come and enjoy Downtown Winfield
Recycling Made Easy!!
Trash bags for recycling are available at the Information Booth, the Ticket Booth, and the Crafts Information Booth as well as from the Boy Scouts who will be picking up these bags. Please use the following trash bags for recycling:
- Clear Bags – aluminum cans for Boy Scouts.
- Blue Bags – Glass Containers, Clean Paper, & Plastic Containers [no. 1-6].
- No Styrofoam Please !!!
Place full bags next to trash barrels. Not in trash barrels!
In case of emergency please call WVA Security at 620-221-3001
“I had chosen my shoes poorly. Their stiff, unforgiving soles and lack of ankle support made this hike up to the Cliffs of Moher more wobbly than I would have liked. I was scrambling along the "locals" path to one of the most visited and impressive sites of western Ireland, guided by Aodán Coyne and Fiachra Hayes, two-thirds of the Irish band Socks in the Frying Pan, with Fiachra patiently leading me by the hand. In his excitement to increase the dramatic reveal of the breathtaking view, he forbade me to look toward the sea. After precarious and slow progress, we finally reached the last bend of the cliffside path. Finally, I could take in the famed view. I looked out, toward the cliffs. I took a photo of Aodán, who had moved toward what seemed like the edge of the world. Aodán looked over his shoulder at us, then back toward the sea. And then jumped.”
“The drama of the moment was not lost on me, though I somehow felt that Fiachra knew that this surprise was in the works. He ran to the edge, looked down at the shelf, about five feet below, where Aodán now stood, lamenting his sore knee. “I saw that extra step you took," Fiachra said. "I was thinking you might keep going.” This elaborate joke cemented my view of the Socks; they are as sparky, warm and hilarious offstage as the characters they seem onstage. And they love surprises and great punch lines.”
This was all part of the royal Socks treatment: a tour through County Clare, courtesy of one of the most talented Irish bands to get to Kansas this century. You can find the full story of Kelly’s tour of Ireland courtesy of Socks in the Frying Pan, at wvfest.com, under Walnut Valley News.
The Walnut Valley Association has in place a rule prohibiting the operation and use of remote control Drones on the grounds of the Walnut Valley Festival effective immediately.
Festival Memorabilia – From posters to bumper stickers and lots of other items in between, make sure you stop at the Information Booth located beneath the Grandstand and get yours today. And that includes the 2017 Festival Pin in pewter or brass!
Students in the communication department at Southwestern College are collaborating with The Walnut Valley Association to create a video project called “Winfield Memories” during the Walnut Valley Festival Sept. 13 – 17 at the Winfield Fairgrounds.
Bart Redford, WVA, presented the idea for the project to two SC faculty members in early September. “Winfield Memories” will honor the life of Bob Redford, former WVA president, who died in December of 2016. The students will record individual interviews from both festival goers and from people who have worked at the festival over the years.
Redford said, “The idea for this project came about as I listened to fans of the Festival tell me about their favorite memories of the event and their recollections of my father. My dad always loved a good festival story, and had quite a few himself, and I just thought this would be a nice way to capture some of these tales on video as a tribute to him and to all the people who have made this event what it is, fans and WVA crew alike.”
After the stories are gathered during the festival, Tanner Carlson, communication senior, will develop the series of interviews into a documentary as a senior project. WVA intends to have them play at a new venue, called Bob’s Place, which will also feature memorabilia from the Festival’s long history.
Carlson is coordinating the work of a team of students who are contributing to the project. He is being assisted by Jason Knowles, visiting instructor of communication, digital arts and new media and Stacy Sparks, associate professor of journalism. Sparks said, “The Walnut Valley Festival provides an opportunity for a talented and hard-working senior to lead a group of students on a meaningful project with a uniquely Winfield angle.” The Walnut Valley Festival Memories booth will be Northwest end of Barn 8 of the Winfield Fairgrounds during the Walnut Valley Festival. Students will be gathering stories on Sept. 14 and 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There’s A Rumor Going Around – While I was delivering the WVA Voice yesterday morning everyone kept asking me about something that was supposed to take place on Thursday evening around 11PM on Stage 3. I had to admit I did not know of anything that was happening at that time. But everyone said , “Yes the rumor is true” but they didn’t know what was to happen. I guess we’ll just have to be at Stage 3 on Thursday evening to see if this rumor is true or not. But don’t tell anyone about this! Larry Junker
That’s right The Mercantile is open and it has CDs, Videos, and Books for sale. The Mercantile is located in the building just west of the grandstand. It sells entertainer’s music items for them and there is no charge for this service. This would be a good place to get a Christmas or birthday gift for that special friend or relative. The entertainers bring their merchandise to The Mercantile where it is on display and for sale. These same CDs/Tapes are available after each entertainer’s set. Also at the Mercantile is a special book by Bob Hamrick called “September’s Song” and this would make an excellent gift. Bob will be available to sign your copy on Friday and Saturday. Another excellent gift would be a book by our own Ernie Hill. It is entitled “The Cosmic Path to Melody and Lyric.” Ernie is a two-time Walnut Valley songwriting contest winner. Check Ernie’s Facebook Page for the times he will be available to sign you book purchase. By the way Ernie will be joined by Juni Fisher and Kenny Cornell for a “Story Song” set on Saturday, Sept. 16th at 9:15 AM. In The Mercantile you will find there are some excellent sales. No T-Shirts are sold in The Mercantile. The T-Shirts are available from the Art Farm in the south end of the same building.
The Summer of Peace, Rats & Understanding The 19th Annual Riverat Band Scramble and Costume Contest - Wednesday, Sept, 13, 2017
Registration now through Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Band Scramble begins at 2:00 PM on Wednesday and Winners will be on Stage 5 at 6:00 PM. Sounds like a lot of fun soooo …. “Be there and bring some flowers in your hair.”
Are You Into Gospel Music? - If you are then you need to be at the Gospel Jam Campsite just down the street west of Stage 3. They will begin the jam on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00 PM. Then on Thursday through Saturday the jam will begin at a later hour. This jam is for everyone whether you’re a beginner or whether you’re a seasoned veteran. Come join the jam for some good ol’ gospel music!