2017 - First place was awarded to a 24-yer old musician by the name of Matthew Hathaway of FT. Worth, TX. He has entered this contest only two times, the last time was in 2009. He attends other festivals like the Texas State Dulcimer Festival. Since it had been 8-years since he had been to Winfield Matt wanted to come and compete and have a good time jamming with others. This talented musician also plays the guitar, piano, mandolin the ocarina and the tin whistle. He loves the atmosphere the at the Festival and looks forward to next year’s Wednesday evening Championship Showcase performance. As a result of his first place finish he won $175, the 1st Place Trophy and a 4FHKK Custom Koa Mountain Dulcimer by the Dulcimer Shoppe/McSpadden Mountain Dulcimers of Mountain View, AR.