Walnut Valley News

2017 International Finger Style Guitar Champions Named

The Walnut Valley Association congratulates the 2017 winners of the International Finger Style Guitar Championship Contest.

1st Place – Christie Lenee from Nashville, TN

Prize Instrument Selected: The Taylor 814ce Grand Auditorium Guitar provided by Taylor Guitars Inc. of El Cajon, CA

2nd Place – Travis Bowman from Alexander, AR

Prize Instrument Selected: Bourgeois OMC Soloist Guitar provided by Bourgeois Guitars, Inc. of Lewiston, ME

3rd Place – Matt Thomas from Virginia Beach, VA

2017 International Autoharp Champions Named

The Walnut Valley Association would like to congratulate the 2017 winners of the International Autoharp Championship.

1st Place - Cindy Harris from Pittsburgh, PA

2nd Place – Karen Nickel from Winfield, KS

3rd Place – Michael Poole from Chapel Hill, NC

Improve your skill at a hands-on class from top Walnut Valley Festival Performers.

The Walnut Valley Festival Hands-On Workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th at the Winfield First Baptist Church. Class topics include vocal, flat pick, fingerstyle and blues guitar, mountain dulcimer, autoharp, songwriting, mandolin and bass. These classes are open to a limited number of students, with skill levels from beginner to advanced. A free shuttle will pick you and your friends up at festival grounds and return you there after classes. There is a fee to attend but you are not required to have a full festival ticket to attend.

2017 Andy May’s Acoustic Kids Showcases Deadline Extended!

Deadline extended! Good news for those of you who have been meaning to apply for our Walnut Valley Festival Acoustic Kids Showcases- with Andy May but have been busy with summer and haven't quite gotten your application together: We still have plenty of room, and we are extending the deadline until the showcase is full or Wednesday, September 6, whichever comes first.


2017 Indiana State Finger Style Guitar Championship

The Fifth Annual Indiana String Fest and Indiana State Finger Style Guitar Championship were held July 28th through 30st at the Brown County Playhouse in Nashville, Indiana. World renown featured performers and competitors filled the house for a full weekend of internationally acclaimed finger style guitar music and competition.

Fifteen competitors waited patiently for their turn to compete in the competition. The second round of competition consisted of the top five scorers from the first round.

2017 Wyoming State Guitar Champions Announced

Keith Taylor, Magna, Utah took top honors at the Wyoming State Finger Style Guitar Championship while Austin Taylor, Sandy, Utah won the Wyoming State Flat Pick Guitar Championship. Both competitions are sponsored by the Oyster Ridge Music Festival held in Kemmerer, Wyoming held July 28th through 30th.

Jeffry Stock, Salt Lake City, Utah won second place in the Wyoming State Finger Style Guitar Championshiip, and Scott Earl Boyd, Centerville, Utah won third place.

Rental Golf Carts to be Available at this year's Festival

Walnut Valley Association would like to announce that this year Wichita Golf Cars will be located on festival grounds between the showers and The Ice House to help you with your Festival Transportation Needs.

2017 Texas State Dulcimer Champions Announced

The Lone Star State Dulcimer Society hosted the LSSDS Dulcimer Festival at Glen Rose Park in Glen Rose, Texas on Mother’s Day Weekend. The weekend included workshops for both mountain and hammer dulcimers, led by nationally known instructors, and was highlighted by the Texas State Dulcimer Championships.

Matthew Hathaway from Fort Worth, Texas won First Place in the Texas State Mountain Dulcimer Championship. Margaret Wright from Kennard, Texas won Second Place and Van W Gardner from Decatur, Texas won Third Place.


The Inter-Mountain Acoustic Music Association (IAMA) and the Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music (OFOAM) joined together to present the 10th Annual Ogden Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival. The festival was held June 2nd through June 4th at Fort Buenaventura, Utah.

The festival featured the Utah State Instrument Championships, sponsored by IAMA, with competitions in both open and novice divisions in Mandolin, Fiddle, Banjo and Flat Pick Guitar. The open competitions also featured Finger Style Guitar.