2017 National Hammer Dulcimer Champions Named

The Walnut Valley Association congratulate this year’s winners of the National Hammer Dulcimer Championship.

1st Place – Amanda Roberts from Dayton, OH

Prize Instrument Selected: Master Works Russell Cook Extended Range Hammer Dulcimer CBWXR7 provided by Master Works of Bennington, OK

2nd Place – Scott Freeman from Lafayette, In

Prize Instrument Selected: Cloud Nine Model 17/16/8 Hammer Dulcimer provided by Michael C. Allen Cloud Nine Musical Instruments of Ostrander, OH

3rd – Colin Beasley from Mobile, AL

2017 National Flat Pick Guitar Champions Named

The Walnut Valley Association congratulate this year’s winners of the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship

1st Place – Andy Hatfield from Peoria, IL

Prize Instrument Selected: Martin D-41 Custom Guitar provided by C.F. Martin & Co. of Nazareth, PA

2nd Place – Jason Shaw from Lincoln, NE

Prize Instrument Selected: Collings Winfield Model Mahogany/Adirondack Spruce Guitar provided by Collings Guitars Inc. of Austin, TX

3rd Place – Adam Wright from Goodlettsville, TN

Jessica Hoskins

2017 - Third place was awarded to a 29 –year old stay at home mom to 4 beautiful children. Jessica Hoskins of Arkansas City, KS says she has attended the Festival for 29 years of her life starting when she was 5-months old. She entered this competition because of the encouragement from friends and family. Jessica also plays the guitar, bodhran, fiddle, and autoharp. While at the Festival she looks forward to spending time with family and friends to pass on the tradition to her children. Music, photography, and crafting along with her children keep her very busy.

Keith Reynolds

2017 - Second place was awarded to a self-employed heating and cooling specialist from Labette City, KS. Keith Reynolds has attended Winfield 12 times and attends other contests like the Lone Star Dulcimer and Mountain View contests. Keith also plays the guitar, the bowed psaltery and the mandolin. When not working or playing music he likes to do wood working. As a result of his second place finish he won $150, the 2nd Place Trophy and a 6FHWR-E Baritone Mountain Dulcimer by the Dulcimer Shoppe/McSpadden Mountain Dulcimers of Mountain View, AR.