50th Walnut Valley Festival

September 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 2022

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

September 14-18, 2022

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

Campground Rules

Campers at the Walnut Valley Festival
Aerial view of the Walnut Valley Festival
Tents and campers at the Walnut Valley Festival
  • 2021 camping fees are $15 per night for basic camping, $27 per night for camping with electricity. Camping fees will be paid at the entry gate by cash, check or credit card.
  • Full camping fees must be paid for ALL nights on grounds, sold from day entering to last day of festival.
  • More than 1000 electric hookups available in the Pecan Grove and West campgrounds. Available on first-come, first-served basis.
  • Security personnel on grounds 24 hours a day from Land Rush until festival’s end
  • Over 20 food concessions and Farmers Market on grounds

Fairgrounds Access and Tickets
Festival grounds will open for camping to Full Festival ticket holders on Thursday, September 9, at 7am.  Only Full Festival ticket holders will be allowed on Festival grounds prior to Thursday, September 16, 2021. Two-day ticket holders may camp on grounds beginning 12:01am on the first day of their ticket.  Daily tickets are good only from 6am to midnight on the day of the ticket and camping is not included.  Wristbands must be worn or passes must be on your person at all times while you are on grounds as of 5pm Land Rush day.  PLEASE DO NOT invite people without wristbands.  Persons without wristbands or approved ID cannot visit or camp.

Fees and Permit Stickers
Campsites and electric hookups are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Large shelters, tarps, tents, etc. require additional permits.  Vehicle stickers must be visibly displayed in windshields or vehicle may be towed at owner’s expense.  Electric fee pays for ONE cord at a time.  If multiple cords are used, EACH cord must have a permit or it will be removed.  Persons staying over Sunday night, September 19, or later will pay additional fees for each night’s stay starting at 8am Monday.  Camping and electrical fees may be paid with check, cash or credit cards.

Saving and Sharing Spaces
Camping spaces can be saved by paying camping fees and marking the space with a WVA camping stake.  One stake per camping space.  Stakes will be available after 11am on Thursday, September 9.  No spaces may be saved that have not already been paid for and have a camping sticker on them (tarps, tents, trailers, roped areas, etc.).  Please keep your campsite as small and compact as possible.  Consider inviting newcomers to join your site.  Campground pickin’ and jammin’ have long been valued features of the Walnut Valley Festival, but space is limited. Please keep pickin’ and jammin’ within camps, not spread out with additional campground stages.  Please consider your neighbors, who have been at their established camps for years and do not want to be displaced or crowded out.

Campground Stages
Anyone wishing to establish themselves as a “recognized” campground stage with a stage and/or amplified sound system needs written authorization from WVA.

Parking
Only Full Festival and Two-Day ticket holders can purchase parking or park vehicles in the campgrounds.  Long-term parking is available in designated areas for campers not wishing to pay a permit fee for an extra vehicle.  Single-day ticket holders may park in day parking.  Vehicles parked within a designated roadway, fire lane, or blocking another vehicle may be towed at owner’s expense.

Authorized Vehicles
No unauthorized vehicles (including bicycles) allowed in the interior. Bicycles must have headlights on the front and red reflectors on the rear if used at night. Please drive on the right side of the streets/roads on the fairgrounds, and drive slowly and safely. Drivers of golf carts MUST be 18 years old with valid driver’s license; owners shall provide proof of liability insurance. Golf carts are allowed on the fairgrounds but not on Winfield city streets.  If used at night carts MUST have a headlight with a beam projecting out 25 feet AND a rear facing red marker light for safety.  Flashlights, low output LEDs, and closet lights are NOT acceptable as lights. Riders are limited to the seats on the carts.

No Unauthorized Gas or Electric ATVs/UTVs
Due to persistent complaints about the noise, speed and exhaust of these vehicles, no unauthorized ATVs/UTVs (Gas or Electric) will be allowed on grounds during festival. Authorized ATVs/UTVs include those operated by WVA, Security, Vendors and Local Emergency Personnel.

NEW THIS YEAR

  • One-time $5 charge for all golf carts brought onto the festival grounds. There will still be golf carts available for rent on grounds.
  • “No Drugs or Alcohol allowed on grounds” has been replaced by “No Illegal Substances allowed on grounds.” There will still be no alcohol allowed to be brought into the interior (where our vendors and official stages are located) except our new beer and wine tent, which will sell locally-produced brews and wines.

CAMPGROUND FIRE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
• Fire Lanes will be maintained and kept open at all times. All Wheels & Body of vehicle Must Be off the Roadway.
• Campfires will be maintained within a metal fire ring. Fire rings shall be no larger than 3ft. diameter and must be at least 12 inches in height. No bonfires permitted. Campfires may not be left unattended. Bring your own fire rings. There may be a limited number at the gate for purchase.
• The use of straw or wood chips will not be permitted in camp if a campfire is being used.
• Fire extinguishers or one gallon sized container of water to be kept immediately available for emergency use at all times.
• Hot charcoal only disposed of in metal barrels provided that are marked “Hot Charcoal Only”, or will be thoroughly soaked with water before emptying from the grill.
• No flammable liquids (i.e. gasoline or Coleman fuel) to be used to start campfires.
• No open flame (tiki) patio torches permitted.
• No fire art is allowed. Fire art refers to performances such as fire breathing, fire juggling, fire dancing, etc.
• No flying Chinese sky lanterns or fireworks of any kind per City of Winfield fire ordinances.
• Commercial vendors using grills or smokers must have fire extinguisher present at all times.
• Check the gas and electric items on your camper for safety prior to use at the Festival.

DRONE POLICY
The Walnut Valley Association has put in place a new rule prohibiting the operation and use of remote control Drones on the grounds of the Walnut Valley Festival effective immediately.

This is due to numerous reasons including the following:

  1. To protect the privacy and safety of those attending the festival.
  2. Contractual agreements prohibiting the video recording of the paid performers during the festival.
  3. Possible noise interference of the music being played for the enjoyment of festival attendees.
  4. Liabilities should a drone make contact with one of the structures, poles, power lines or any other objects on festival grounds that might cause injury to attendees.

RECYCLING
In cooperation with the Winfield area Boy Scouts, please support our campground recycling program. At the entry, you can get blue and clear trash bags and get extras during the festival.

Use the blue recycling bags for glass containers, plastic (#1-#6), steel cans, and clean paper. Please do not put wet garbage in the blue bags (i.e., dump your drink first).

Use the clear bags for aluminum cans (only). The proceeds from cans will support the Scouts’ recycling program, so help them out by sorting.

Set your recycling near your nearest trash barrel for collection.

Recycling containers will continue be placed in the Interior to collect recyclables. Please do your part and keep trash out of the recycling containers.

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