Matt Thomas of Virginia Beach, VA was awarded third place by the judges. He considers himself a guitar performer. This was Matt’s first time to Winfield and the Festival. He has attended other festivals like Merle fest and the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society as well as the Harp Guitar Gatherings. As mentioned before, he also plays the harp guitar. One of his favorite things to do is compose music. Matt takes back to VA the Larrivee LV10E Deluxe Guitar by Jean Larrivee Guitars of Oxnard, CA as his prize and that was in addition to the 3rd Place Trophy.