Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Volume 20.6

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 and etc. If you enjoy the WVA Voice, let us know. Thanks for coming and enjoy this year’s Festival! Larry Junker

The WVA Voice is available at the following locations: Walnut Valley Festival Information Booth, Kampground Coffee, Stage 6, Stage 5, G-Spot Camp (north of Hway 160) and numerous other camp sites.

Information Booth – The Information Booth under the South end of the Grandstand will be open for your convenience and purchase of Festival memorabilia including Festival lapel pins and $10 Belt Buckles during the following hours:

  • Wednesday, 9/13 from 8 AM to 8 PM
  • Thursday - Saturday 9/14-16 from 8 AM to 11 PM
  • Sunday, 9/17 from 8 AM to 4 PM

Campground Radio 105.7 FM The Voice of the Walnut Valley Festival
“Tune in for News – Weather - Music"

"Champion Showcase"

Wednesday Evening Concert
September 13th – 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.

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!

The Walnut Valley Association has put in place a rule prohibiting the operation and use of remote control Drones on the grounds of the Walnut Valley Festival.

Stage 5 – Is In Its 31st Year

Sign up for Stage 5 will start on Wednesday, Sept. 13th at 9:00 AM. The Stage 5 schedule will be published in the WVA Voice starting on Thursday morning. The following is a little bit of history on Stage 5.

Last year, 2016, was the 30th anniversary year for Stage 5, located in Pecan Grove. Of course we all know where we all wound up after the big evacuation last year, so Stage 5 founder Russell Brace, of Wichita, decided to make the official anniversary happen this year. Russell and his wife, Sherry, invite everyone to stop by and have a visit and listen to some really nice campground pickers strut their stuff. Stage 5 is a 1954 Chevrolet, one and a half ton, flatbed grain truck. It has around 65,000 original miles.

Stage 5 originally was an accident waiting to be avoided as Russell was tired of being crashed into on the streets of Wichita. He thought that if he drove the biggest vehicle he could find, then other drivers would be able to see him. He also liked the old classic Chevy trucks. In September of 1987 Russell made his yearly pilgrimage to the Walnut Valley Festival where he met up with friends Bob Ennis and Steve Keen, from Ponca City, OK for “a week of camping and making music with friends and strangers.” Russell says. They decided to make a stage on the bed of the old truck. The construction began immediately and in just a few hours with some 2x4's, an old tarp, a couple of flags for color, about a mile of rope, and the "Hopelessly Lost At C" band banner, the stage had been born.

Stage 5 won the best campsite award in 1987 & 1988. In 1989 Stage 5 was made an official part of the Walnut Valley Festival, and was awarded an official WVA sign complete with the official WVA logo, "Fiesty", that read "Stage 5". Through the years Stage 5 has gone through many changes and continues to change to cater to acoustic musicians and fans. September 2001 marked the 15th year for Stage 5. “Although, stunned by the attacks on our homeland, we continued on the best we knew how, with a little more caring, a little more loving and a lot more patriotism and prayer.” Russell said. Stage 5, now the Stage 5 Motel, has been the alternate stage for thousands of pickers throughout the Walnut Valley Festival’s history, including such acts as Steel Wheels, Tommy Emmanuel and Beppe Gambetta of Italy.

In a Bluegrass Now interview Beppe said, “When the main stage shows are finished, everyone who is really interested in music goes to this little place that has this incredible power. The first year I went to Winfield, and I played at Stage 5 with a thousand people in front of me, I had some of the maximum moments of intensity of my playing at this little stage. Because there, people say, ‘I don't care if you are professional or not, I would just like to visit with you and hear you play.’ That was just one of many great moments I have experienced with an American audience."

Russell and Sherry say they couldn’t continue the legacy of Stage 5 without the help they receive from the staff who help put the Stage together each year, but also from all those entertainers who have graced the stage on the back of that ol’ ’54 Chevy.

Festival Memorabilia – From posters to bumper stickers and lots of other items in between, make sure you stop at the Information Booth located beneath the Grandstand and get yours today. And that includes the 2017 Festival Pin in pewter or brass.

WVF Wifi

“Oh my goodness” and “Bless their hearts,” take me to my Aunt Florence Jones’ house and family get-together. We had all the traditional amenities – fried catfish (caught and cooked by uncles), fried tater’s with onion, baked beans and slaw. Then the icing on the cake was always, at least, three freezers of homemade ice cream. But that memory goes full circle when I hear the campground and stage picking at the WVF.

It was a simple time, and no family fellowship was complete till the mandolins and guitars came out. We sat on the porch or the steps or a lawn chair, pickin’ and singin’ till the wee hours of the night – mosquitos be damned. Younger folks, falling asleep in their momma’s laps, would be silenced with the sweetest lullabies this side of heaven. Yes, the WVF truly – takes me home. It’s been 30-40 years now since the last of those special times – “just too busy.” My observation has been that when we are together, there are more cell phones, i-pads, tablets in the room then teeth. Even during grace, someone’s device goes off!

Most of us come the WVF to escape and be family again for those few days every September. We need to disconnect in order to re-connect with old friends and connect with new ones. We come to experience the music and talents of others, not play games, catch up on Facebook or tell the world we are in Winfield on foursquare. When we are listening and enjoying the music, we don’t want it to be accompanied by snaps, crackles or pops when your device goes off. We have plenty of competition with the train. And, we don’t care to experience a one-sided conversation while you talk to the person on the other end.

Come home; come up on the porch; sit back and listen. They even have fried fish on the food court. But mostly, turn off the devices and tune into the music. Remember wifi is “Winfield = “Winfield Is For Instruments!!!” -- by Ginger L Thomas, RN, Stillwater, OK - attended the WVF every year since 1997

11th annual Ukulele Clinic, Jam & Parade

Held at Camp Brigadoon (their camp is just east of the horse barn & north of 14th Ave) - The Clinic & Jam are held on Saturday, September 16th beginning at 10 AM. Some extra ukuleles will be available. Chords and songs are learned. On Sunday Morning, September 17th an “End of Festival Parade” will be held at 9 AM. The parade will begin at Brigadoon and proceed to Stage 5 as it is being dissembled. Brigadoon is east of the Horse Barn and south of the Race Track. Thanks and Happy Winfield! Bob "Bobulele" Colladay

Do You Like Fried Pickles?

Well if you do, then head to Camp Super Pickle over on the east side by the Horse Barns, & The Ice House. There you will find Camp Super Pickle and on Friday evening at 5:00 PM they will be frying up pickles. Boy are they GOOD! I hope to be there, will YOU?

Stage 11 Schedule
  • Wednesday 9/13 Workshops - 3 p.m. -5 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9/13 - 7:00 p.m. to midnight - 18 minute slots every 20 minutes.
  • Thursday 9/14 - 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. - New Song Showcase Thursday Alternate Winners
  • Thursday 9/14 - 7:00 p.m. to midnight - 18 minute slots every 20 minutes.
  • Thursday 9/14 After Midnight 30 minute feature sets
  • Friday 9/15 8:00 p.m. to midnight - New song night, songs finished since 8/15/17
  • Friday 9/15 After Midnight 30 minute feature sets
  • Saturday 9/16 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. New Song Showcase Saturday Alternate Winners
  • Saturday 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. - Best Song Night, each songwriter plays their one best song
  • Saturday 10:00 p.m. to Close - 30 minute feature sets
The Summer of Peace, Rats & Understanding

The 19th Annual Riverat Band Scramble and Costume Contest -Wednesday, Sept, 13, 2017

Registration now through Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Band Scramble begins at 2:00 PM on Wednesday and Winners will be on Stage 5 at 6:00 PM. Sounds like a lot of fun soooo …. “Be there and bring some flowers in your hair” or come be an impartial judge or come and just enjoy the fun and frivolity

The Summer of Peace, Rats & Understanding

The 19th Annual Riverat Band Scramble and Costume Contest -Wednesday, Sept, 13, 2017

Registration now through Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Band Scramble begins at 2:00 PM on Wednesday and Winners will be on Stage 5 at 6:00 PM. Sounds like a lot of fun soooo …. “Be there and bring some flowers in your hair” or come be an impartial judge or come and just enjoy the fun and frivolity

The Story of C, E-flat and G

C, E-flat, and G go into a bar. The bartender says, “Sorry, but we don’t serve minors” so E-flat leaves. C and G have an open fifth between them. After a f...ew drinks, the fifth is diminished, and G is out flat. F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not sharp enough. D comes in and heads for the bathroom, saying, “Excuse me; I’ll just be a second.” Then A comes in, but the bartender is not convinced that this relative of C is not a minor. Then the bartender notices B-flat hiding at the end of the bar and says, “Get out! You’re the seventh minor I’ve found in this bar tonight.” E-flat comes back the next night in a three-piece suit with nicely shined shoes. The bartender says, “You’re looking sharp tonight. Come on in, this could be a major development.” Sure enough, E-flat soon takes off his suit and everything else, and is au natural. Eventually C sobers up and realizes in horror that he’s under arrest. C is brought to trial, found guilty of contributing to the diminution of a minor, and is sentenced to 10 years of D.S. without Coda at an upscale correctional facility.

A few years ago Paulette Rush penned a story about a trip using the names of the entertainers performing at the Festival that year. Can anyone do a story or trip with the names of this year’s entertainers? If so, stop by the Media Trailer with your entry. We may even publish it in the WVA Voice.

Paulette Rush’s Trip

I planned to take a trip to spend a little time down by KANE’S RIVER with its RAMBLING ROOKS. But while I was STILL ON THE HILL, I decided to make some lunch. So I saw that there were still SOCKS IN THE FRYING PAN, so emptied it, built a fire, and fried some SMALL POTATOES. Having left them on the fire for too long, it made some MOUNTAIN SMOKE. After taking care of that, I started on the trip. After I had DRIVEN through beautiful fields of BLUESTEM, I hit a DETOUR and had to change travel plans. So I loaded onto THE BOXCARS and rolled on their STEEL WHEELS in their WHANDIDDLE motion. When we got to the border, we had to pull out THE GREENCARDS so that we could get in again. We really need a wonderful, relaxing REVIVAL (after all that MISCHIEVOUS SWING with those CHEROKEE MAIDENS!)