Saturday, September 16, 2017 Volume 20.9

Stage 5 Schedule - Saturday – Sept. 16, 2017
  • 11:00 LIGHT BLUE
  • 11:30 PASTURE LIMIT
  • NOON LARRY E. DILLON
  • 12:30 BUS COMPANY
  • 1:00 WIFF OF YOUR WIFE
  • 1:30 LIKE RABBITS
  • 2:00 SADIE HAWKINS DAY
  • 2:30 BOBULELE
  • 3:00 KELLY WERTS
  • 3:30 MAX FRED BAND
  • 4:00 DAVID HAKAN
  • 4:30 THE SKIRTS
  • 5:00 GRASSFED
  • 5:30 COWTOWN COUNTRY CLUB
  • 6:00 BILLY PALMER & THE WINFIELD RAMBLERS
  • 6:30 READY BROTHERS
  • 7:00 SCENIC ROOTS
  • 7:30 MARTA MCKIM
  • 8:00 GREEN FLAMINGOS
  • 8:30 VOGTS SISTERS
  • 9:00 TEQUILA KIM
  • 9:30 TORNADO ROSE
  • 10:00 BETSE & CLARKE W/BRUSHY CREEK
  • 10:30 THE BREAKFAST SIDES W/ CHAD GRAVES
  • 11:00 LOADED GOAT
  • 11:30 OPAL AGAFIA
  • MIDNIGHT STEELWIND
  • 12:30 THE STEEL WHEELS
  • 1:00 THOMAS TRAPP
  • 1:30 THE FAIRMOUNTERS
  • STAGE CLOSED –

Till Next Time......See you down the road.
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National Mountain Dulcimer Champions

In this contest there were 4 contestants from 3 different states. First place went to a student and musician from Ft. Worth, TX by the name of Matthew Hathaway. Second place was awarded to Keith Reynolds from Labette City, KS. Jessica Hoskins hails from Arkansas City, KS and she placed third in this contest.

National Mandolin Champions

There were 12 individuals in this contestant. Ten states were represented and two foreign countries (Australia and Japan). The winner of the National Mandolin Contest was Isaac Eicher. He hails from Nashville, TN. Second place was awarded to Solly Burton of Sullivan, IN. Holten Doucette of Waller, TX placed third in this competition.

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!

Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship

20 Contestants from 15 different US States

  • 1st Place – Tyler Andal of Nashville, TN
  • 2nd Place – Tashina Clarridge of Mt. Shasta, CA
  • 3rd Place – Regina Scott of Tulsa, OK

Elk Falls Pottery – Did you get your Winfield or Walnut Valley Festival Mug this year? They make a wonderful keepsakes or a gift for a loved one. If not stop by their booth and pick yours up today.

Look Back To The Future – by Ginger Thomas

Ask any WV Festival veteran why they return every year and you may get the same answer; friends and memories. I’ve heard it said that “memories weave the tapestry of life.” If I compare WV fest’s tapestry to the finest I’ve seen in museums & abroad, there is none more majestic than this.

Step away from this woven wonder and evaluate each fiber that you can recall. Beppe’s midnight spaghetti dinners in the grove. Frozen chocolate covered bananas on the food court. The “Front Porch Radio” stage/broadcasts. “Theatre” Barn behind stage III and the large shade tree in front. Lightening shows that shut down stages I, II, and III. Maybe the large power plant structure in front of stage II. How about rehearsals for the Sunday morning gospel singing led by Elkin Thomas, and performed by campers. Numerous weddings and a funeral throughout the campgrounds. Beppe & Friends’ “Italian” opera on stage IV for Wednesday night kickoff or Spontaneous Combustion’s closing down stage III on Saturday nights. The hundreds of beat, broken tent stakes that year we moved to the lake due to all of the rock ground. Can’t forget the local farmers with the impromptu “tractor/mud pull” when it flooded. How close did you become to “new friends” when we all crammed under the grandstand due to tornadoes? Many past performers - Alison Krauss, Nickle Creek, Michael Martin Murphy, Steve Kaufman, and Tommy Emmanuel. How blessed was the year that three sisters traveled together in a motor home all the way from Florida…and the youngest was 98 years old!! Yet the year of 9/11 gave pause, reflection and a new patriotism for all that could attend.

Yes, these are memories, but we come each year to recall them and create new ones. Coming back for the future we spin new threads, to continue weaving a Story of Winfield, Kansas and the Walnut Valley Festival. Thanks Ginger for helping us remember the past!

Passion by Ginger Thomas

As I was visiting with Camp Grounds Coffee owner, Jeff, I learned he serves up 400-500 pounds of coffee beans during the Festival. That’s enough caffeine to wire you up like a long-tail cat in a room full of rocking chairs! He must love what he does . . . “it’s the people and the atmosphere.”

Each contest requires 3-5 judges, a minimum of 3 auditors to calculate scores, a Stage Manager, an MC, Sound System Operators – not to mention the contestants!

Every entry to the fairgrounds is monitored by two plus Security Personnel. There are buggies and “cabs” everywhere to assist with people moving. Front gate and re-entry utilize a couple dozen individuals and I’m just mentioning people that are visible.

I cannot imagine the man-hours accumulated from September to September in order for us to experience the best Festival ever!

Why are these people here? The very same reason you and I are here – PASSION! They have a deep seeded passion for the music! They toil and sweat with minimal compensation; their pay is the feeling of accomplishment when they see us smile, sing-a-long or jam in the campgrounds.

There is no “Winfield” or “Bluegrass Festival” or realization of Mr. Redford’s dream without them. If you see a Security Person, a Vendor, an Entertainer, a contestant, someone with CREW or STAFF on their shirt sleeve, or a Boy Scout, - tell em THANKS! Let them know you appreciate them being here and validate their efforts! The only raise they will get is our praise. As they say in TV land, “buy them a Coke and a Smile.” (Ginger Thomas hails from Stillwater, OK and is a 1996 Alumnus of the WVF)

Historical Recordings - Approximately a year ago... several boxes of old reel to reel tapes were found that contained recordings of stage performances....workshops .... and contests here at the Festival. These recording were made during the years from 1976 to 1983. Most of the recordings are from the years 1978 to 1980. The Walnut Valley Association is in the process of having these recordings converted to digital formats. The Association is investigating several options regarding the future of these recordings and how to possibly make these available to festival fans. A randomly selected sample of these old recordings is going to be aired over Campground Radio (105.7 fm) in sort of a trivia format. They will include stage performances...workshops and contest results. They are being aired as part of the station’s breaks at 8 am...noon...4 pm....and 8 pm. This will sort of be like the old TV series...”were you there.”

Mass in the Campgrounds - On Saturday evening Sept. 16th at 4:00 pm at camp Next to Nowhere, the McSpebee Clan is pleased to be hosting this year’s Catholic Mass. Their camp is located on the northwest part of Pecan Grove, right along 14th Avenue.

Elk Falls Pottery – Did you get your Winfield or Walnut Valley Festival Mug this year? They make a wonderful keepsakes or a gift for a loved one. If not stop by their booth and pick yours up today.