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.
The WVA Voice is available at the following locations: Walnut Valley Festival Information Booth, Kamp Ground Coffee, at G-Spot North of Hway 160, Stage 6, Stage 5 and other places
There were nine contestants who played and they hailed from five different states ( KS, TX, IA, PA & NC). The two runners up in this competition were Neil Zaborowski of Maquokta, IA and Steve Luper of Andover, KS who were awarded plaques for their participation. First place was awarded to Cindy Harris of Pittsburgh, PA, 2nd place to Karen Nickel of Winfield, KS and Michael Poole of Chapel Hill, NC placed 3rd.
On Saturday evening Sept. 16th at 4:00 pm at camp Next to Nowhere, the McSpebee Clan is pleased to be hosting this year’s Catholic Mass. Their camp is located on the northwest part of Pecan Grove, right along 14th Avenue, just before the bridge. All are welcome to join us as we gather around the table of the Lord singing those ol’ time gospel favorites. Bring your lawn chairs. Father Michael Pratt from Bartlesville, Oklahoma will be the celebrant, and we have word that he promises to keep the sermon “short and sweet!”
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!
There were 37 contestants who played in this competition. When the cut to five was made, the states of TN, VA, AR and OH as well as from Japan were represented. First place was awarded to Christie Lenee of Nashville, TN. Second place went to Travis Bowman of Alexander, AR and third place was won by Matt Thomas of Virginia Beach, VA.
Friday Kids Crafts
- 10 to 11 AM Tie-Dye Tees
- 2 to 3 PM Cedar Coin Christmas Ornaments
Saturday Kids Crafts
- 10 to 11 AM Tie-dye Bandanas
- 2 to 3 PM Foot Print Wind Socks
Donations accepted to help offset the artists’ expenses For ages 5-12 years - $1.00 Minimum per Child
The Information Booth Hours
Friday - Saturday 9/15-16 from 8 AM to 11 PM
Sunday, 9/17 from 8 AM to 4 PM
- 11:00 CHRISTIE LENEE
- 11:30 MIKE2 TRIO
- NOON STEAMBOAT BANDITS
- 12:30 DRIFTERS MILE
- 1:00 TOM LATA
- 1:30 JENNA & MARTIN
- 2:00 DALTON CITY LIMITS
- 2:30 THE FRENCH EXIT
- 3:00 SHAPIRO BROTHERS
- 3:30 ONE MULE BAND
- 4:00 PASTENSE
- 4:30 DOLLARS TAXES
- 5:00 DONKEY SHOW
- 5:30 HALF HOUR OF HANK
- 6:00 FOXY TURNER FAMILY
- 6:30 BUCK BOURGEOIS
- 7:00 FIVE TON FRED
- 7:30 OLD SOUND
- 8:00 RON LAND BAND
- 8:30 WHISKEY FOR THE LADY
- 9:00 JEFF & JULIE
- 9:30 ROOT MARM CHICKEN FARM JUG BAND
- 10:00 SIGNAL RIDGE
- 10:30 LORIE JO BRIDGES
- 11:00 KENNY CORNELL & THE GRASSHOLES
- 11:30 BLT’S
- MIDNIGHT ROBIN ROBERTS
- 12:30 SETH CAMPBELL & GIRLS GONE WILD FILM CREW
- 1:00 FOGGY MEMORY BOYS
- 1:30 KANSAS CITY HUSTLE
- 2:00 BARIATRIC BEAUTIES
- STAGE CLOSED
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Welcome to the 46th Walnut Valley Festival. I’ve met so many cool and interesting folks, but since more are rambling in, I thought this might be a good opportunity to share some festival and campground etiquette. What?
Yes, we have some of that down in Arkansas. Please make your plans now to come back home to Winfield. This year is also number 32 for Patti and me, so if you see us out and about, looking all warm and fuzzy, it’s because we are. She’s warm and I’m fuzzy. So what about etiquette? Let’s start with where we are and why we’re all here. You know the history, so here’s the meat of it all. This festival is known as the “International Convention for String Musicians”, so Winfield veteran jammers, most of you are aware of the process. Folks just coming into jam here for the first time, make sure you tune. Grab a tuner and go for it. If you walk up to a jam with strangers, stand back and strum, see if you are in tune with the jam, because after everyone tunes, then the tweaking begins, and the “campground tuning” probably won’t be standard, so tune to the jam. Most everyone you meet will welcome you in regardless of your level of proficiency. That’s part of the Spirit we talk about so much that keeps us all coming back.
But beware, a lot of pickers come here to compete in the contests. Many come to pick with friends they only see here, once a year, so check out the vibe. If you don’t feel welcome don’t take it personally, take it for what it is, not an open jam. Enjoy the sounds; learn what you can, take pics, video, record and move on to the next one. I promise you, no money back guarantee, but you will find the right place for you.
Next, listen to and show appreciation and consideration for the folks in the circle. It’s too easy, while the tunes are passed around and as your turn approaches, to fret about what you’ll play, and you might just miss a way cool campground performance. Don’t worry about it. The song will come to you. The music is in the air here at the Walnut Valley Festival. Share the music, play your song and nod to the direction of the next jammer. If you sit in on a hot jam and the break comes to you, and you don’t feel like you can handle it, nod it on the next picker, but realize you will more than likely be skipped when it comes back around to you, so what the heck, try it!, or, don’t take that seat in the first place. Again, no worries. Tune, listen, determine, follow your gut and pick on! Ernie Hill
Well the Hunt is over! There were twelve clues posted in the Walnut Valley Festival app. Contestants were to decipher the clues in order to find and scan the QR codes to reveal a hidden word. The first twenty-five who solved the Treasure Hunt were given a vintage WVA T-Shirt, AND have their names entered into a drawing for a Farita Guitar designed and provided by Elderly Instruments (www.elderly.com). The first 100 received a commemorative Fiesty Treasure Hunt pick The overall winner of the guitar as Sarah Rozell of Winfield, KS. CONGRATULATIONS Sarah. Comments from those participating were, “We can’t wait until nextyear!”
Are you a fan of Story Corps? Do you wish we had something similar for all your great stories about Winfield? This year, for the first time, WVA will provide a booth on grounds where you can stop by and recount your favorite Winfield experience. Whether it revolves around your camp, your favorite picking session, or the funniest thing to ever happen to you at Festival, drop by and give us a chance to record your tale. Festival workers are welcome to share their favorite Winfield stories as well. Edited stories will be played at Bob’s Place, a planned space in Winfield for Walnut Valley Festival memorabilia and spontaneous picking. Bob’s Place, like the Festival, is going to be family friendly, so if you want to make the cut and have your story featured there, keep it clean!