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49th Walnut Valley Festival

September 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 2020

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

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49th Walnut Valley Festival

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

Sept. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 2020

49th Walnut Valley Festival has been postponed
to September 2021 due to COVID-19 Concerns

All tickets sold for WVF 49 will be valid for entry in September 2021, and we will mail details to patrons. Contractors, vendors and workers will be contacted as soon as possible.

A virtual WVF 48.5 will take place in September, Details to Follow

Be Kind, Stay Safe!

2019 Instrument Championship Winners From the 48th Annual Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, Kansas

2019 International Autoharp Contest
1st Place Winner: Doug Pratt
City/State/Zip: Cary, NC
2nd Place Winner: Steve Luper
City/State/Zip: Andover, KS
3rd Place Winner: Ivan Stiles
City/State/Zip: Phoenixville, PA
Runners Up
Loriann Clayton-Bethard,
Ken Shoemaker

2019 International Finger Style Guitar Championships
1st Place Winner: Adam Gardino
City/State/Zip: Colorado Springs, CO
2nd Place Winner: Jesse Smith
City/State/Zip: Wadsworth, OH
3rd Place Winner: Gints Smukais
City/Country: Riga, Latvia
Finalists:
RD King of Brighton, MA
Hiroya Tsukamoto of Woodside, NY

2019 National Mountain Dulcimer Championships
1st Place Winner: Grant Olson
City/State: Andover, MN

2nd Place Winner: Jeff Hames
City/State: Madison, MS

3rd Place Winner: Michele Star
City/State: Durham, NC
Runners Up:
Katie Moritz of Yorkville, IL
Jim Curley of Ironton, OH

2019 National Mandolin Championships
1st Place Winner: R. Wesley Carr
City/State: Rochelle, IL
2nd Place Winner: Luke Lovejoy
City/State: Cloverdale, IN
3rd Place Winner: Holten Doucette
City/State: Waller, TX
Finalists:
Ethan Batan of Spencer, IN
Marina Pendleton of Houston, TX

2019 Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championships
1st Place Winner: Celeste Johnson
City/State: Arvada, CO
2nd Place Winner: Monte Gaylord
City/State: Vinita, OK
3rd Place Winner: Marina Pendleton
City/State: Houston, TX
Finalists:
Hannah Farnum of Galena, MO
Emma Jane Pendleton of Tulsa, OK

2019 National Guitar Flat Pick Championships
1st Place Winner: Allen Shadd
City/State: Lake Wylie, SC
2nd Place Winner: Sullivan Tuttle
City/State: Palo Alto, CA
3rd Place Winner: Jason Shaw
City/State: Lincoln, NE
Runners Up:
Matthew Lindsey from Culloden, WV
Chapman Welch from Pearland, TX

2019 National Hammer Dulcimer Championships
1st Place Winner: Nate Pultorak
City/State: Saranac, NY
2nd Place Winner: Ben Haguewood
City/State: Mineral Point, MO
3rd Place Winner: Fran Mayfield
City/State: Spring, TX
Runners Up:
Cal Sweeten from Overland Park, KS
John Lion from Landsdowne, PA

2019 National Bluegrass Banjo Championships
9 contestants from 7 states
1st Place Winner: Eric Welty
City/State: Argyle, TX
2nd Place Winner: Weston Stewart
City/State: Anderson, AL
3rd Place Winner: Trevor Smith
City/State: Austin, TX
Runners Up:
Charles Butler of Nashville, TN
G. Rockwell of Bridgeport, CT

2019 Instrument Championship Winners From the 48th Annual Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, Kansas

Date: September 19, 2019
Contest Name: 2019 International Autoharp Contest
1st Place Winner: Doug Pratt
City/State/Zip: Cary, NC
2nd Place Winner: Steve Luper
City/State/Zip: Andover, KS
3rd Place Winner: Ivan Stiles
City/State/Zip: Phoenixville, PA
Runners Up
Loriann Clayton-Bethard,
Ken Shoemaker

Date: September 19, 2019
Contest Name: 2019 International Finger Style Guitar Championships
1st Place Winner: Adam Gardino
City/State/Zip: Colorado Springs, CO
2nd Place Winner: Jesse Smith
City/State/Zip: Wadsworth, OH
3rd Place Winner: Gints Smukais
Finalists:
RD King of Brighton, MA
Hiroya Tsukamoto of Woodside, NY

Date: September 20, 2019
Contest Name: 2019 National Mountain Dulcimer Championships
1st Place Winner: Grant Olson
City/State: Andover, MN

2nd Place Winner: Jeff Hames
City/State: Madison, MS

3rd Place Winner: Michele Gourley (performs as Michele Star)
City/State: Durham, NC
Runners Up:
Katie Moritz of Yorkville, IL
Jim Curley of Ironton, OH

Date: September 20, 2019
Contest Name: 2019 National Mandolin Championships
1st Place Winner: R. Wesley Carr
City/State: Rochelle, IL
2nd Place Winner: Luke Lovejoy
City/State: Cloverdale, IN
3rd Place Winner: Holten Doucette
City/State: Waller, TX
Finalists:
Ethan Batan of Spencer, IN
Marina Pendleton of Houston, TX

Date: September 20, 2019
Contest Name: 2019 Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championships
1st Place Winner: Celeste Johnson
City/State: Arvada, CO
2nd Place Winner: Monte Gaylord
City/State: Vinita, OK
3rd Place Winner: Marina Pendleton
City/State: Houston, TX
Finalists:
Hannah Farnum of Galena, MO
Emma Jane Pendleton of Tulsa, OK

Date: September 21, 2019
Contest Name: 2019 National Guitar Flat Pick Championships
1st Place Winner: Allen Shadd
City/State: Lake Wylie, SC
2nd Place Winner: Sullivan Tuttle
City/State: Palo Alto, CA
3rd Place Winner: Jason Shaw
City/State: Lincoln, NE
Runners Up:
Matthew Lindsey from Culloden, WV
Chapman Welch from Pearland, TX

Date: September 21, 2019
Contest Name: 2019 National Hammer Dulcimer Championships
1st Place Winner: Nate Pultorak
City/State: Saranac, NY
2nd Place Winner: Ben Haguewood
City/State: Mineral Point, MO
3rd Place Winner: Fran Mayfield
City/State: Spring, TX
Runners Up:
Cal Sweeten from Overland Park, KS
John Lion from Landsdowne, PA

September 22, 2019
Contest Name: 2019 National Bluegrass Banjo Championships
9 contestants from 7 states
1st Place Winner: Eric Welty
City/State: Argyle, TX
2nd Place Winner: Weston Stewart
City/State: Anderson, AL
3rd Place Winner: Trevor Smith
City/State: Austin, TX

2018 Wyoming State Guitar Champions Announced

Nick Johnson, Orem, Utah took top honors at the Wyoming State Finger Style Guitar Championship while Bill Vernieu from Flagstaff, Arizona won the Wyoming State Flat Pick Guitar Championship.  Both competitions are sponsored by the Oyster Ridge Music Festival held in Kemmerer, Wyoming held July 27th through 29th. 

Max Mondzac from Boulder, Colorado won second place in the Wyoming State Finger Style Guitar Championship, and Keith Taylor from Magna, Utah won third place.

Matthew “Rooster” Robinette from Pinedale, Wyoming won second place in the Wyoming State Flat Pick Guitar Championship, and Kelly Dobitz from Salt Lake City, Utah won third place.

Nick Johnson has been invited to represent Wyoming in the International Finger Style Guitar Championship and Bill Vernieu has been invited to represent Wyoming in the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship.  The prestigious national and international competitions are hosted by the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas September 18th through 22nd, 2019.

The Oyster Ridge Music Festival held its 25th festival and hosted the largest crowd they have had to do date.  To learn more about the Oyster Ridge Music Festival go to www.oysterridgemusicfestival.com

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