Labor Day - September 7, 2009 Volume 12.1

Welcome to the 38th Annual Walnut Valley Festival!

We’re glad you’ve “Come Back Home To Winfield.” This year again, the third weekend in September, the Winfield Fairgrounds gets turned into four official stages of musical entertainment. Then there’s the unofficial Stage 5 in the Pecan Grove. And there are other unofficial stages found in the campground where most of the fun pickin’ takes place.

From Your Editor: If you looked at the volume number above you will see Volume 12. That means we have been doing the WVA Voice in this format for 12 years. The many stories we’ve heard from the contestants and from the campgrounds would make a book worth reading. All of us in the Media Crew hope you have enjoyed reading the WVA Voice as much as we have in bringing it to you. The memories of these past years are what make the Festival so special. So no matter if this is your first year to attend or your thirty-eighth, we hope you take home with you some of the music you hear at this year’s Festival and we sure hope you’ll take home lots of memories. And you know, everyone who experiences this year’s Festival will surely want to come back in 2010 for the 39th Walnut Valley Festival! The WVA Voice will hopefully keep you up to date with any changes in schedule, contest winners, tidbits of info etc. If you enjoy the WVA Voice, let us know. Leave a note for us at the Information Booth under the south end of the Grandstand. Thanks for coming and enjoy this year’s Festival! From Your WVA Voice Editor - Larry Junker

LAND RUSH - A FESTIVAL TRADITION

The Walnut Valley Festival Land Rush is set for Thursday, September 10th at 7:00 AM. At that time, campers and tenters from many states will line up to make a run for their favorite plot of land for the remainder of the Festival. Everyone is up before the sun rises and with coffee in hand they wait patiently for “Camper Master” to holler out “Campers Ho.” Then get out of the campers’ way because they’re off for their favorite spot, whether that’s in the Main or West campground, the Pecan Grove, or north of Highway 160. By nightfall, “a number of boisterous tent/camper cities” will dot the Winfield Fairgrounds. This is their “home away from home” for the next week or so. And if one wanders through these campgrounds during the next 10 days, you will see all kinds of living arrangements, each one trying to outdo the next. That’s “LAND RUSH” Thursday, September 10th . To be sure, it’s a sight to behold!