Sam Wachtler of Colorado Springs, CO is a student at Pikes Peak Community College and is the third place winner in this competition. In 2010 Sam placed third and in 2007 he placed second in this contest. He is a talented youngster at age 19 who plays numerous instruments including guitar, mandolin, violin and piano. Sam enjoys just walking around the Festival grounds taking in the atmosphere and the music. According to him, “It’s just so much fun!” Biking, hiking and playing for different musical groups are hobbies he enjoys most. He was awarded a check for $75, the 3rd Place Trophy and a Cloud nine-Model 17/16/8 Hammer Dulcimer by Cloud Nine Musical Instruments of Ostrander, OH.