49th Annual Walnut Valley Festival Instrument Championships

September 20, 2021

  1. International Autoharp Championship
    Champion: Ken Shoemaker; Overland Park, Kansas
    2nd Place: Steve Luper; Andover, KS
    3rd Place: Michael Poole; Chapel Hill, NC
  2. International Finger Style Guitar Championship
    Champion: Jesse Smith; Wadsworth, Ohio
    2nd Place: Adam Cantor Houston, TX
    3rd Place: Tomofumi Shimoda Tachikawa, Japan
  3. National Mountain Dulcimer Championship
    Champion: Jeff Hames; Madison, MS
    2nd Place: David Wilson; Springfield, MO
    3rd Place: Irma Reeder; Albuquerque, NM
  4. National Mandolin Championship
    Champion: Thomas Cassell; Nashville, TN
    2nd Place: Holton Doucette; Waller, TX
    3rd Place: Elijah Moore; Kernersville, NC
  1. Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship
    Champion: Tristan Clarridge; Mt. Shasta, CA
    2nd Place: Tashina Clarridge: Mt. Shasta, CA
    3rd Place: Hannah Farnum: Galena, MO
  2. National Flat Pick Guitar Championship
    Champion: Jason Shaw: Lincoln, NE
    2nd Place: Paul Sgroi: Old Hickory, TN
    3rd Place: Holten Doucette: Waller, TX
  3. National Hammer Dulcimer Championship
    Champion: Benjamin Barker: Wilkesboro, NC
    2nd Place: Ben Haguewood: Mineral Point, MO
    3rd Place: Wenying Wu: Elk Grove, CA
  4. National Bluegrass Banjo Championship
    Champion: Gary Davis: Knoxville, TN
    2nd Place: Jason Bales: Gatlinburg, TN
    3rd Place: Gregg Welty: Durham, NC
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