Walnut Valley News

Contest registration open for 2015

Good morning everyone! We hope you all had great holidays and are doing well heading into the new year.

Della Mae coming to Walnut Valley in 2015

We are excited to announce that the most recent addition to the list of hired performers for the 2015 Walnut Valley Festival is Della Mae. If you’ve never heard the music this group of talented young ladies makes, check out this song. You’re going to love them! http://youtu.be/YHs10etJ6NE

First booked performers for 2015

Walnut Valley is pleased to announce we have been able to work out the return for the 2015 Walnut Valley Festival the popular Irish band “Socks in the Frying Pan”. Details are still to be worked out but so far they will be joining Tom Chapin, The Steel Wheels, Marley’s Ghost and more to be named as they are added to the performing artist hired list for 2015.

Thanks for a successful 2014

Thank you to everyone that came and enjoyed this year’s festival. We deeply appreciate all the people that helped work here, the artists that come to play our stages on the interior as well as the campground stages. Thanks to the City of Winfield for the use of the grounds, the EMS, Firefighters and Police. Most of all thanks to all of you loyal Walnut Valley fans out there that come, year after year come rain or shine, to help the festival continue to be our home away from home.

2014 National Bluegrass Banjo winners

43rd Annual Walnut Valley Festival – Winfield, Kansas

Held annually each year on the 3rd weekend in September, the Walnut Valley Festival is the home of the International Autoharp Championship, the International Fingerstyle Guitar, the National Mountain Dulcimer, the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship, the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship and the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship. Other contests held at the Walnut Valley Festival are the National Mandolin Championship and the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle.  

2014 National Flat-Pick Guitar Champions named

Date: September 20, 2014                        Time: 1:00 PM

Contest Name: 2014 National Guitar Flat Pick Championships

2014 National Hammer Dulcimer champions named

Date: September 20, 2014                         Time: 6:00 PM

Contest Name: 2014 National Hammer Dulcimer Championships

1st Place Winner:  Karen Alley
City/State: Boulder, CO  
Web Address: www.facebook.com/karenalleydulcimer
Prize Instrument Selected:  A Master Works RXECR15 Russell Cook Edition Extended Range      
      Hammered Dulcimer presented by Master Works
          of Bennington, OK

2014 Walnut Valley Old-Time Fiddle champions

Date: September 19, 2014                         Time: 10:00 PM

Contest Name: 2014 Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championships

1st Place Winner:  Bronwyn Keith-Hynes
City/State: Jamaica Plains, MA 
Web site:  www.bronwynkeithhynes.com
Prize Instrument Selected:  The Heinrich Gill 62 Fiddle represented by 
        Beautiful Music Violin Shop of Lawrence, KS

2014 International Finger-Style Guitar champions named

Date: September 19, 2014                         Time: 10:30 PM

Contest Name: 2014 International Finger Style Guitar Championships

1st Place Winner:  Helen Avakian
City/State/Zip: Fitchburg, WI 
Website: www.HelenAvakian.com
Prize Instrument Selected: The Taylor 814e Grand Orchestra Guitar provided by 
           Taylor Guitars Inc of El Cajon, CA 

2014 National Mandolin Championship winners

Date: September 19, 2014                         Time: 5:00 PM

Contest Name: 2014 National Mandolin Championships

1st Place Winner:  Ethan Setiawan
City/State:  Middleberg, IN  
Prize Instrument Selected:  The Clark F5 Mandolin provided by Clark Mandolins of Boise, ID

2nd Place Winner:  Gordon Neidinger
City/State: Pittsburg, PA 
Prize Instrument Selected:  The Collings MF5 Custom
      Mandolin provided by Collings Guitars, Inc
        of Austin, TX