Friday, September 8th, 2017 Volume 20.3

Land Rush - 2017 Style

7:00 AM Thursday morning the Campermaster, turned loose those campers who were headed for the West Campground. Number 331 was the last camper to pass by and then it was time for those headed for the Pecan Grove to begin. By 9:30 AM the number 517 had just passed by. Land Rush total was 848. More are expected by nightfall. By evening, everyone found their home-away-from-home spot for the next 10 days. Last year’s numbers total was 962.

Riverrat Band Scramble and Costume Contest

19th Annual Riverat Band Scramble/Costume Contest

“The Summer of Peace, Rats & Understanding”

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 2 PM
Watch for details in the next issue of The VOICE on Monday Sept. 11th

Sign up for the Band Scramble on Wednesday at 10 AM at the Riverat Camp. If you do you’re guaranteed a fun-time!

“Champion Showcase”

Wednesday Evening Concert
September 14th – 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.

Looking For Something To Do?

On Tuesday, September 13th 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. Then at 10:00 AM the featured artist will be Helen Avakian. At 11:00 AM Pop and the Boys will be featured. At 12:00 Noon Winfield’s own Barry Patton & the State Line Boys will be featured. At 1:00 PM Adam Miller will perform and at 2:00 PM Ernie Hill will be featured.

So if you’re just sitting around waiting for the Festival to begin on Wednesday, why not come to the Winfield Community Center on Tuesday, September 13th 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.

Visit the Winfield Farmer’s Market at the entrance to Island Park on Saturday, Sept. 9th, 7:00 to 11:30 AM for fresh produce.

Campground Radio 105.7 FM It’s the Radio VOICE of the Walnut Valley Festival

FREE CONCERT @ The Library Baden Square

Looking for something to do? Why not attend The Friends of the Winfield Public Library’s annual “Pickin’ Parlor Concert” at the Winfield Public Library at the corner of 6th Avenue and College Street on Monday, September 11 th from 6:30 pm. Featured guests are “The Wizards of Acoustic Guitar” which includes musicians Brian Henke, Helen Avakian with Dave Irwin and Mark Sganga. The concert is free, and all are welcome. For more information, go to or call 620-221- 4470

The 3rd annual Vendors on the Grounds will be held from 10-4 on Saturday, September 9th on Mansfield Street at the Cowley County Historical Society and Museum. There are at least 25 vendors who have signed up and more are expected. There will be food available and a 50/50 raffle will be held with the money given away at 3:30 that day. The Museum is just a few short blocks east of the fairgrounds. If you have questions, call 221-4811 between 1-4 Tuesday through Sunday.

Winfield Habitat for Humanity is building their 26th home at Broadway and 14th Street. They work 8-12 Monday through Friday. If you have some time on your hands before the festival, please come and help. They furnish the tools.!!

Attention Golfers

Please join us for the Annual Walnut Valley Festival Golf Scramble. It will be held on Wednesday, September 14th at the Winfield Country Club. Shot-gun start at 9:00 AM & check-in is at 8:15 AM. The cost is only $50 per person (4-person teams) and that includes golf and riding cart. Prizes awarded to the two lowest scoring teams in each of two flights. For more information please contact Felix Baz-Dresch at 913-709-0469 or e-mail at

Stage 11 Back Again This Year

That’s right they are back and intend to do the same things as they started last year. This stage is a Songwriter’s Stage. It is located in the Pecan Grove at Fairground Road and 14th Avenue. Sign-up for the following day begins after they wake-up. So for example, sign-up for Saturday begins on Friday morning. All songs must be original creations and parodies are allowed, but discouraged.

Stage 11 will start with the following schedule, but may change as conditions warrant:

Saturday 9/9 – Tuesday 9/12 8 to 11PM 18 minute slots every 20 Minutes.
Sunday 9/10 - Workshop from 3 to 5 PM on “How to critique a song.”
Wednesday 9/13 Workshop on “Faking It On Guitar and CAGED”
Wednesday 9/13 7 PM to midnight – 18 minute slots every 20 minutes.
For questions call Jim Hermann at 913-707-8515 or

Back by Popular Demand – WVF Mobile App!

The WVF app is back again this year, bigger and better than ever. You can see the full lineup, check out performer’s bios, create your own customized schedule, find a good place to eat, search for that favorite artisan, exchange contact information, view tour and shuttle information, evaluate performers, and exchange comments with other festival-goers. We even have a camp registry, where you can tell everyone about your camp and where it is located. New this year to the app, are sections on Contests, Workshops, and Safety & Security.

The WVF app was available for the first time in 2016, with 2,140 downloading and accessing the guide in over 50,000 sessions. WVA staff used the app to push out general notices regarding safety and security, mostly related to flooding issues. Plans call for 2017 Walnut Valley Festival information to be dropped into the shell of the previous year’s app, so if you already have it, you only need to update to get the latest news and info.

CONGRATS to the Number One Campers!

Number 1 in the Pecan Grove for 2017 was Joaquin Rios of Udall, KS This is his first time to attend the Festival. He camps with the “Fine Time Camp” group.

The Number 1 in the West Campground was Wayne & Jackie Brooks of Winfield, KS. According to Wayne he chose line A for the pre-lineup. Then when the campers were to be place in either the Pecan Grove or West Campground the Campermaster put the letters A – G in a hat and to show how it would work he drew out one letter and that was A. He put the A back in the hat and Wayne thought what are the chances he would draw A again. But sure enough that’s exactly what the Campermaster drew. So hence the Brooks are Number 1 in the West Campground.

Winfield Memories

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!

Fiesty’s Treasure Hunt

Watch the Walnut Valley Festival app for the appearance of Fiesty’s Treasure Hunt. Use the clues to figure out where to go, and then scan the QR code to solve the puzzle. When you have the puzzle completed, bring your phone to the info booth and show it to one of our workers there. The First 25 people to solve the puzzle will receive a vintage WVA T-Shirt, AND have their names entered into a drawing for a Farita Guitar designed and provided by Elderly Instruments ( The first 100 will receive a commemorative Fiesty Treasure Hunt pick. Good luck!