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.
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