Walnut Valley Festival 48.5

September 12 - 20, 2020

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

"Fesity" playing a guitar and wearing a face covering for the Walnut Valley Festival Festival 48.5

49th Walnut Valley Festival

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

Sept. 12 - 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
A virtual WVF 48.5 will take place September 12-20, 2020

Be Kind, Stay Safe!

2019 Feisty Music Camp for Kids

Feisty Music Camp Logo

Walnut Valley Festival invites you to take part in our second Feisty Music Camp for Kids! The two-day event will give children the chance to take part in hands-on, music-related crafts, workshops and concerts.

Walnut Valley Festival thanks Deering Banjos, Mass Street Music, Great Plains Dulcimer Alliance and Winfield Arts and Humanities Council for support of Feisty Music Camp for Kids.


Kids dancing at Feisty's Kids Music Camp
Kids learning new instruments at Feisty's Kids Music Camp
A special concert for participatns of the Fesity's Kids Music Camp


The camp welcomes kids from pre-school through 6th Grade


Each session will have a theme or focus, and some sessions may be split to give kids a chance to choose which activity they want to do.


Stage 6, in West Campground


Friday & Saturday, Sept. 20-21, 1-5pm


  1. PLAN ON ARRIVING 10 MINUTES BEFORE SESSION’S START.  You will be asked to sign a release and pay $10 for each child participating.  The $10 fee gets the child into that session and any subsequent sessions desired.  We will be using wristbands, so children can return later (with a parent or guardian) for a different session if desired.  A wristband does not guarantee admission for a later session, so get there early to secure a space. Space is limited; first come, first served.
  2. Parents or guardians are required to remain onsite to observe the excitement first-hand.
Fesity's Kids Camp Directors: Erin Mae Lewis & Peter Thomas Lague
Aaron Fowler


Music Camp Organizers Erin Mae, Peter Lague, and Aaron Fowler will be organizing and operating the camp, and all have a wealth of experience to draw on.

Erin Mae has brought American music education into public schools, home school co-ops, libraries, churches, foster care programs and summer camps. An accomplished musician, she won the national Mountain Dulcimer Championship at Winfield in 2004. She went on to study classical piano at Sterling College, KS, before pursuing a degree in commercial music, with an emphasis in bluegrass and acoustic jazz, through South Plains College in Texas. After graduation, she began touring full- time as part of the duo Scenic Roots.

Peter Thomas Lague, an artist and educator specializing in murals, ceramics painting and many other media, has partnered creatively with Lewis before while organizing the Americana Music Academy in Lawrence, KS. In Operation Clean Slate, he worked with kids all over California to bring color and positive messages to graffiti-prone areas through the painting of murals. Lague will be taking on a mural project as part of Feisty Music Camp this year.

Aaron Fowler is A touring musician, storyteller and teaching artist. He has been making music since he was 16 years old! His greatest joy is getting folks to sing together. Whether a group of 4-year olds in a preschool classroom or a group of elders in a Hospice center, the world is changed when we make music together. Aaron is member of the Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts, National training team (Vienna VA), a teaching artist with Arts Partners (Wichita, KS) a Young Audiences Affiliate and a national touring singersongwriter. Aaron is a member of Local 1000 and serves as the US Vice President of the American Federated Musicians Local 1000 Touring Musicians union.




Friday, September 20 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

  • 12:45 to 1:00 – Carp Camp Parade from Information Booth to Stage VI
  • 1:00 to 1:30 – Sing-a-longs with Ann Zimmerman
  • 1:30 to 2:00 – Art of Murals / Science of Sound Workshop
  • 2:00 to 2:30 – Instrument Petting Zoo w/ Mass Street Music and Mural Project with Peter Lague
  • 2:30 to 3:00 – Andy May Kids Concert
  • 3:00 to 3:30 – Folk Dancing with Short Round String Band
  • 3:30 to 4:00 – Ukulele Workshop
  • 4:00 to 4:30 – Bucket Drumming OR Mural Project
  • 4:30 to 5:00 – JigJam Kids Concert

Saturday, September 21 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

  • 12:45 to 1:00 – Carp Camp Parade from Information Booth to Stage VI
  • 1:00 to 1:30 – Sing-a-longs with Aaron Fowler
  • 1:30 to 2:00 – Art Workshop wth Peter Lague & Erin Mae
  • 2:00 to 2:30 – Make & Take Instruments OR Mural Project
  • 2:30 to 3:00 – Deering Banjo Bonanza
  • 3:00 to 3:30 – Acoustic Kids with Andy May
  • 3:30 to 4:00 – Mountain Dulcimer Workshop with Great Plains Dulcimer Alliance
  • 4:00 to 4:30 – Kids Jam (Bring your own instrument) OR Mural Project
  • 4:30 to 5:00 – Matchsellers Kids Concert
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