49th Walnut Valley Festival

September 15 - 19, 2021

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

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

All tickets previously sold for WVF 49 will be valid for entry in September 2021. Tickets are also currently available for purchase.

NOTE: Instructions for Pre-Lineup Have Been Changed! (All info for 2019; Will update soon for 2021)

Picking A Campsite
All Kinds of Campers Camp at the Walnut Valley Festival
Lining Up For Land Rush

Preregistration Open July 1 - 31, 2019!

You may preregister for Land Rush by prepaying for 1 camping spot or 2 (maximum), as well as electricity for those spots, if desired.  You may preregister online, by phone or in person at WVA office, beginning 9am on July 1.  At time of preregistration a timestamp will be used to place you in the queue and then assign you to a line, A-F.  We will take preregistrations by mail-in forms, but your place in the queue will depend on when we process your order.  After July 31 you will receive a form (by email if desired, by regular mail for others), notifying you of which row you need to line up in on or after August 29th.

Please Note

  • These instructions replace those included in the June WVA Occasional. After public input, WVA combined the initial lineup and subsequent sorting day into one day.

Pre-Lineup will be Thursday, August 29

If you have preregistered, you will enter from the West 9th Avenue (main) entrance if you are in Rows A-C, at the assigned time for your row. Rows D-F should enter from 14th Street side. Preregistration form should be prominently displayed in the windshield of your vehicle. After entry, campers will be separated into Pecan and West and directed to park in a zone corresponding to their row. This is where you will remain until Land Rush, and you may put down tarps to save your spot. If you have not preregistered, you should arrive at 1pm, and enter from the 14th Street entrance to the area behind the Horse Barn.  WVA personnel will be present to assist campers in parking. After parking in zones, campers may proceed to the pre-pay station on grounds or return on Sept. 7 to pay for electric or other fees.

Arriving for Sorting Day

Please Note

  • Everyone participating in the Pre-Lineup will have to pay the City Fees for camping prior to September 7

Pre-Lineup continues August 29-31

Those who arrive after the initial lineup, up to and including on August 31, will be directed to park in the Zone corresponding to their assigned Rows. After August 31, campers arriving to line up will simply join at the end of the line.  

WVA personnel will survey the line-up in staging areas to assign Land Rush numbers, so be sure to have your preregistration receipt and/or city envelope displayed in plain view on your camper/vehicle or tarp.

Assigning of Land Rush Numbers

Number Day will be Saturday, September 7, 2019

WVA personnel will use placement in staging areas to issue Land Rush Numbers to all campers.  Land Rush Numbers are the official number that will be used to determine your place in the line entering each campground area.

Picking in the staging area at the end of Sorting Day

Please Note

All vehicles must be removed from the Pecan Grove and West Campground by 8am, Tuesday, September 10

Land Rush Begins 7am, Thursday, September 12, 2019

Important: If you do not yet have your Land Rush Number, be sure and arrive before 5pm on September 11 in order to be sure to get your WVA stickers and Number.  On Thursday, September 12, at 7am, WVA staff will signal the start of Land Rush. According to their Land Rush Number, campers will drive from staging areas into West and Pecan camgrounds and claim their spot.  All vehicles taking part in Land Rush must have Land Rush Numbers; vehicles arriving during or after we start will proceed to camp grounds after completion of the Rush. 

Land Rush begins and campers are off to claim a camping spot.

Have questions?

Check out our Camping FAQ to find answers to your questions about Land Rush and Preregistration.

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Office Hours

Post-Festival through May

9am-Noon; 1pm to 5pm

June through August 2nd


August 3rd through September 7th