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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

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2019 Luthiers and Prizes

48th National Flat-Picking Championships Contest Prizes

The Walnut Valley Association wishes to thank the makers of the instruments and accessories that are to be awarded as prizes at the 48th National Flat-Picking Championships for their generosity and their interest in the musicians who enter the Walnut Valley contests.
Walnut Valley Association suggests that you consider these fine luthiers if you are in the market for a new instrument. It is through their cooperation and fine craftsmanship that these prestigious events enjoy such notice around the country and the world.
There will be a minimum of $116,566 in cash, trophies, and instrument prizes awarded to the contestants with the highest scores in each of the eight contests.
Early Registration for the National Flat-Picking Championships will close at Midnight on Friday, September 13, 2019. Registration will re-open on Festival Grounds Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7am. We will accept contest registration until one hour before the scheduled contest.
$15 entry fee for all instrument championships.

All contests will be held on Stage IV.  

International Autoharp Championship

1st Place

  • Trophy
  • $200 Cash
  • Invited to perform in the 2020 Champion Showcase Concert
  • PLUS, choice of three custom crafted autoharps listed below

2nd Place

  • Trophy
  • $150 Cash
  • PLUS, choice of two remaining autoharps

3rd Place

  • Trophy
  • $100 Cash
  • PLUS, the remaining autoharp

d’ Aigle Cascade SP G-D Diatonic Autoharp

This autoharp has the special lighter weight design yet possesses the big beautiful sound customary to d’ Aigle Autoharps.  This autoharp includes walnut harvested in southern Oregon more than 30 years ago for back and sides, with a spruce top. Daigle’s patented Flat Line Fine Tuning System and a springless quick change chord bar system

Peter Daigle

19106 Des Moines Memorial Dr
Sea Tac, WA 98148
800-630-HAPR (4277)
www.autoharp.com

Whippoorwill Acoustics Luthier’s Choice Custom Autoharp

Whippoorwill Acoustics is proud to present this 15-bar Curly Walnut autoharp with Birdseye Maple trim.  Hand-crafted in Indiana, this autoharp is voiced for a balanced response from bass through treble and sounds good in any key. Currently set up in the key of G, setup will be customized to the winner’s satisfaction.  This autoharp features French Polish finish, quarter-sawn solid woods, fine tuners and low, fast action.

Whippoorwill Acoustics

6195 N Old 102 Rd
Columbia City, IN 46725
260-249-5561
www.whippoorwillacoustics.com

Oscar Schmidt OS73C 21-Chord 1930’s Reissue Autoharp

This handcrafted autoharp has been lovingly recreated based on the original design.  It includes a Mahogany back and sides, Spruce Top, Black satin finish, 21 Chords, a 5-year warranty, and a semi-hard case.

Oscar Schmidt / U.S. Music Corp., a div of JAM Industries

1649 Barclay Blvd.
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
800-877-6863
www.oscarschmidt.com

BlueChip Picks

Revolutionizing the pick industry!  One pick of choice will be given to the First Place Winner.

BlueChip Pick

1112 New Henderson Rd
Knoxville, TN 37931
865-803-9442
www.bluechippick.net

Silver Pearl

One silver encased 2019 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.

Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton

9125 W 82nd St N
Valley Center, KS 67147
316-841-9576

Brendan White Jewelry Designs

One each music related, custom designed jewelry by Brendan White will be given to the first place winner.

Brendan White Jewelry Designs

P.O. Box 1344
Gypsum, CO 81637
970-401-3013
www.brendanwhitejewelry.com

International Finger Style Guitar Championship

1st Place

  • Trophy
  • $3000 Cash Prize by Walnut Valley Association
  • Invited to perform in the 2020 Champion Showcase Concert
  • PLUS, choice of three custom instruments listed below

2nd Place

  • Trophy
  • PLUS, choice of two remaining guitars

3rd Place

  • Trophy
  • PLUS, the remaining guitar

Bourgeois Finger Style Custom Guitar

The finger style contest prize guitar from Bourgeois Guitars will be a Finger Style Custom Guitar with choice tone woods and a Winfield exclusive inlay available only on this and future Winfield prize guitars.  Dana Bourgeois and the top finger style guitarists co-designed this beautiful guitar with the most coveted features to create this finger stylist’s dream guitar.

Bourgeois Guitars, Inc.

41 Canal St.
Lewiston, ME 04240
207-786-0385
www.bourgeoisguitars.com

Taylor 812ce-DLX Grand Concert Guitar

This Grand Concert guitar checks all the boxes to inspire fingerstyle players seeking a comfortable feel and rich acoustic tone.  The V-Class bracing, drives the 812ce DLX to produce greater projection, longer sustain, and a more musical tone thanks to improved intonation.  The bracing design allows more of rosewood’s natural warmth and harmonic complexity to shine through, as notes bloom and resonate with rich overtone texture.  A solid Sitka spruce top delivers top-end sparkle, while  rosewood’s slightly scooped mids make this small-bodied acoustic perfect for playing alongside vocals.  A Venetian cutaway puts more upper register notes within reach of your fretting fingers.  Refined appointments include maple binding and back strip, rosewood edge trim, an ergonomic radius armrest, rosewood pickguard, and mother of pearl Element fretboard inlays.  It ships with ES2 electronics in a deluxe hardshell case.

Taylor Guitars, Inc.

1980 Gillespie Way
El Cajon, CA 92020
619-258-1207
www.taylorguitars.com

Huss & Dalton Winfield Competition Model FS Guitar

This Huss & Dalton Winfield Competition Model FS is aimed directly at the modern finger-style player. While utilizing the body shape of the CM, it adds shallower body depth for a more immediate response along with lighter top bracing for greater sustain. Its wider tapered fretboard, combined with a flatter, low-profile neck shape, ultimately creates the perfect finger-style guitar. An Appalachian Red Spruce top will adorn the custom FS paired with Indian Rosewood back and sides, maple body and fretboard bindings, Abalone rosette, and neo-pyramid bridge. A custom Winfield Competition inlay will be featured the on this Model FS, and a TKL tweed case will accompany the guitar.

Huss & Dalton Guitar Co., Inc.

420 Bridge Street
Staunton, VA 24401-4508
540-887-2313
www.hussanddalton.com

Fishman Loudbox Artist Amplifier

One Loudbox Artist will be given to the First Place winner.  It features 120 watts of ultra-clean, bi-amplified acoustic power, two versatile input channels with Fishman’s legendary tone and feedback fighting controls, plus a new dual effects section making the new Loudbox Artist the ultimate portable acoustic instrument amplifier for the seriously active musician.

Fishman Transducers, Inc.

6 Riverside Dr
Andover MA 01810
978-988-9199
www.fishman.com

Hatman Jack's "Finest" Custom Made Hats

One will be given to the First Place winner.

Wichita Hat Works

601 W Douglas
Wichita, KS 67213
316-264-4881
www.hatmanjacks.com

Solid Ground Stands

One handcrafted stand with carrying case will be given to the first place winner of the International Finger Style Guitar Championship.

Solid Ground Stands

9156 E 37th Court
Tulsa, OK 74145
918-688-6790
www.solidgroundstands.com

Elliott Capos - More than just a Capo!

One customized capo will be given to the First and Second Place winners.

Elliott Capos

P.O. Box 362
Brenham, TX 77834
979-421-9393
www.elliottcapo.com

Fishman Matrix Pickup and Preamp System

One pickup and preamp system will be given to the First Place winner.

Fishman Transducers, Inc.

6 Riverside Dr
Andover, MA 01810
978-988-9199
www.fishman.com

BlueChip Pick

Revolutionizing the pick industry!  One pick of choice will be given to the First Place winner.

BlueChip Pick

1112 New Henderson Rd
Knoxville, TN 37931
865-803-9442
www.bluechippick.net

Mass Street Music

Two sets of strings will be given to each of the five finalists.

Mass Street Music

1347 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS 66044
800-747-9980
www.massstreetmusic.com

Silver Pearl

One silver encased 2019 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.

Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton

9125 W 82nd St N
Valley Center, KS 67147
316-841-9576

Brendan White Jewelry Designs

One each music related, custom designed jewelry by Brendan White will be given to the first-place winner.

Brendan White Jewelry Designs

P.O. Box 1344
Gypsum, CO 81637
970-401-3013
www.brendanwhitejewelry.com

National Mountain Dulcimer Championship

1st Place

  • Trophy
  • $200 Cash Prize
  • Invited to perform in the 2020 Champion Showcase Concert
  • PLUS, choice of three The Dulicmer Shoppe/McSpadden Dulcimers instruments listed below

2nd Place

  • Trophy
  • $175 Cash Prize
  • PLUS, choice of two remaining The Dulcimer Shoppe/McSpadden Dulcimers instruments listed below

3rd Place

  • Trophy
  • $150 Cash Prize
  • PLUS, the remaining The Dulcimer Shoppe/McSpadden Dulcimer

4FHKK Custom

4 string custom dulcimer, made of koa wood with ebony fretboard and peghead overlays, decorative inlays, gold plated hardware, and a pickup.

The Dulcimer Shoppe/McSpadden Dulcimers

P.O. Box 1230
Mountain View, AR 72560
870-269-4313
www.mcspaddendulcimers.com

6FHCRB

6 string dulcimer in baritone tuning, cherry body, redwood top and ebony fretboard overlay.

The Dulcimer Shoppe/McSpadden Dulcimers

P.O. Box 1230
Mountain View, AR 72560
870-269-4313
www.mcspaddendulcimers.com

4FGCS

4 string 3/4 size Ginger dulcimer with a cherry body, spruce top and ebony fretboard.

The Dulcimer Shoppe/McSpadden Dulcimers

P.O. Box 1230
Mountain View, AR 72560
870-269-4313
www.mcspaddendulcimers.com

Dulcimer Player News

One Two-year subscription will be given to each of the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners of the National Hammer Dulcimer Championship.

Dulcimer Player News

P.O. Box 94
Harrisburg, MO 65256
573-445-5621
www.dpnews.com

BlueChip Pick

Revolutionizing the pick industry!  One pick of choice will be given to the First Place Winner.

BlueChip Pick

1112 New Henderson Rd
Knoxville, TN 37931
865-803-9442
www.bluechippick.net

Silver Pearl

One sliver encased 2019 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.

Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton

9125 W 82nd St N
Valley Center, KS 67147
316-841-9576

Brendan White Jewelry Designs

One each music related, custom designed jewelry by Brendan White will be given to the first-place winner.

Brendan White Jewelry Designs

P.O. Box 1344
Gypsum, CO 81637
970-401-3013
www.brendanwhitejewelry.com

National Mandolin Championship

1st Place

  • Trophy
  • $300 Cash Prize in memory of Johnny Logsdon by Walnut Valley Association
  • Invited to perform in the 2020 Champion Showcase Concert
  • PLUS, choice of three custom crafted mandolins listed below

2nd Place

  • Trophy
  • PLUS, choice of two remaining mandolins

3rd Place

  • Trophy
  • PLUS, the remaining mandolin

Pava F5 Satin Mandolin

Pava Mandolins, crafted by Pava Knezevic in Austin, Texas at the shop of Ellis Mandolins, are founded on a dedication to building for the impassioned player.  The Pava F5 Satin  features a distinct iris inlay, and single bound top, Gotoh tuners, James tailpiece and an Ellis single foot bridge.  The woods have been thoughtfully chosen for the tonal and aesthetic quality.  The top is Adirondack red spruce, the back and sides are red maple.  The finish on the Pava Mandolin is a modified shellac.  This finish is sonically suited for the instrument while offering a warm look that highlights the natural figure of the wood.

Ellis Mandolins

7208 Cooper Lane
Austin, TX 78745
512-442-4941
www.ellismandolins.com

Collings MF5 Custom Mandolin

A fully appointed F-style mandolin featuring a carved seasoned Red Spruce top, premium maple back and sides, grained ivoroid bindings, and a high-gloss lacquer finish.  Custom features include a special Mother-of-Pearl “Wheat” inlay reserved exclusively for Walnut Valley Festival contest winners and a bound ebony pickguard.

Collings Guitar, Inc.

11210 W Highway 290
Austin, TX 78737
512-288-7776
www.collingsguitars.com

Eastman MD615 F Style Mandolin

Setting the standard as a bluegrass icon, and for good reason. F-style or Florentine mandolins are the epitome of fine craftsmanship and beauty. The ornate carved scroll adds mass to the instrument that helps create balance for a standing player.  This mandolin is made out of the solid maple sides, back and neck with ebony fingerboard and twelve-inch radius, a single acting truss rod, ivoroid binding, the Eastman cast aluminum tailpiece, an adjustable compensated ebony bridge, Pingwell tuners, a K&K Duotone Pickup, and a gloss nitrocellulose finish, all wrapped up in a hardshell case.

Eastman Strings, Inc.

2138 Pomona Blvd.
Pomona, CA 91768
800-789-2216
www.eastmanguitars.com

Fishman Nashville Seris Mandolin Pickup

One Pickup will be given to the First Place winner.

Fishman Transducers, Inc.

6 Riverside Dr
Andover, MA 01810
978-988-9199
www.fishman.com

Solid Ground Stands

One handcrafted stand with carrying case will be given to the first place winner of the National Mandolin Championship.

Solid Ground Stands

9156 E 37th Court
Tulsa, OK 74145
918-688-6790
www.solidgroundstands.com

Mass Street Music

Two sets of strings will be given to each of the five finalists.

Mass Street Music

1347 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS 66044
800-747-9980
www.massstreetmusic.com

BlueChip Pick

Revolutionizing the pick industry!  One pick of choice will be given to the First Place Winner.

BlueChip Picks

1112 New Henderson Rd
Knoxville, TN 37931
865-803-9442
www.bluechippick.net

Silver Pearl

One silver encased 2019 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.

Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton

9125 W 82nd St N
Valley Center, KS 67147
316-841-9576

Brendan White Jewelry Designs

One each music related, custom designed jewelry by Brendan White will be given to the first-place winner.

Brendan White Jewelry Designs

P.O. Box 1344
Gypsum, CO 81637
970-401-3013
www.brendanwhitejewelry.com

Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship

1st Place

  • Trophy
  • $300 Cash Prize in memory of Dean Bradbury by Walnut Valley Association
  • Invited to perform in the 2020 Champion Showcase Concert
  • PLUS, choice of three fiddles listed below

2nd Place

  • Trophy
  • PLUS, choice of two remaining fiddles

3rd Place

  • Trophy
  • PLUS, the remaining fiddle

Juzek Model 175 Fiddle

This fiddle is a master art copy of Guarnerius made in Czchoslovakia, Evenly applied golden brown oil varnish shows off the fine tonewood – Bosnian maple and fine German spruce. The 175 has a look of distinction that is impossible to miss, and a rich sound that luthiers strive to attain. Perfect bee stings, fluted f-holes, graceful arching – it’s the subtle things that an experienced violinist appreciates. Close your eyes and listen. Powerful bass and singing treble notes, a wide dynamic range that does not lose clarity and rewards a skilled bow hand. This powerful instrument has been taken up a notch with Beautiful Music’s pro-fiddlers set up, a Bobelock case and carbon fiber bow.

Beautiful Music Violin Shop

925 Iowa St, Ste I
Lawrence, KS 66004
785-856-8755
www.beautifulmusicviolinshop.com

Cristiano Ferrazzi Workshop Fiddle

After receiving his training in Cremona, Italy, Cristiano Ferrazzi set up his award winning  shop in Romania.  This workshop instrument started as a very high quality Romanian instrument in the white, and went to Mr. Ferrazzi for final interior work, varnish, and setup. It is one of the first two instruments of this sort executed by him.  Made with a Carpathian Spruce top, beautiful one piece flamed maple back. Antiqued oil varnished. Has a very sweet rich tone, and very attractive look! This fiddle comes with a Bobelock case and carbon fiber bow.  Represented and professional set up by Beautiful Music Violin Shop.

Beautiful Music Violin Shop

925 Iowa St, Ste I
Lawrence, KS 66004
785-856-8755
www.beautifulmusicviolinshop.com

E. Wilfer V60 Fiddle

This violin is handcrafted in Germany under the guidance of the Wilfer family using their four generations of luthier experience.  It is made using Wilfer’s supply of high-quality seasoned tone wood with excellent attention to detail.  Fully carved spruce top and nicely flamed maple back and sides are hand-varnished in an attractive antiqued finish.  Wilfer violins deliver a clear and balanced tone with good response and excellent playability. This fiddle comes with a pro-fiddlers’ set up, a Bobelock case and carbon fiber bow.

Beautiful Music Violin Shop

925 Iowa St, Ste I
Lawrence, KS 66004
785-856-8755
www.beautifulmusicviolinshop.com

Fishman Concert Series Violin Pickup

One pickup will be given to the First Place winner.

Fishman Transducers, Inc.

6 Riverside Dr
Andover, MA 01810
978-988-9199
www.fishman.com

BlueChip Pick

Revolutionizing the pick industry!  One pick of choice will be given to the First Place Winner.

BlueChip Picks

1112 New Henderson Rd
Knoxville, TN 37931
865-803-9442
www.bluechippick.com

Silver Pearl

One silver encased 2019 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.

Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton

9125 W 82nd St N
Valley Center, KS 67147
316-841-9576

Brendan White Jewelry Designs

One each music related, custom designed jewelry by Brendan White will be given to the first-place winner.

Brendan White Jewelry Designs

P.O. Box 1344
Gypsum, CO 81637
970-401-3013
www.brendanwhitejewelry.com

National Flat Pick Guitar Championship

1st Place

  • Trophy
  • $3000 Cash Prize in memory of Brian Redford by the Redford family
  • Invited to perform in the 2020 Champion Showcase Concert
  • PLUS, choice of three guitars listed below

2nd Place

  • Trophy
  • PLUS, choice of two remaining guitars

3rd Place

  • Trophy
  • PLUS, the remaining guitar

Collings Winfield Model Mahogany/Adirondack Spruce Guitar

A remake of the famous Collings Clarence White model, this Dreadnought has mahogany back and sides, Adirondack spruce top, custom neck and bridge, tortoise fingerboard binding, ebony headstock overlay with Collings custom “Wheat” inlay, large sound hole and CW (Dalmation) pickguard.

Collins Guitar, Inc.

11210 W Hwy 290
Austin, TX 78737
512-288-7776
www.collingsguitars.com

Preston Thompson D-SMA Custom Dreadnought Guitar

Crafted to produce the tone and volume that the dreadnought guitar was originally designed to achieve. The D-SMA is based on a 1937 Herringbone Dreadnought originally owned by the late Charles Sawtelle.  Made with Sinker Mahogany sides and back, Adirondack Spruce top, advanced X brace placement, hand graduated top thickness, pre-war hand carved scalloped braces, nitro-cellulose lacquer finishes and time-tested design features such as dovetail neck joints, embellished with a custom inlay and comes with a Harptone® case.

Preston Thompson Guitars

352 East Main Avenue
Sisters, OR 97759
541-588-6211
www.pktguitars.com

Martin HD-28V Custom Guitar

The most popular Vintage Series model, the HD-28V is a modern re-creation of the classic herringbone Dreadnought.  This guitar carries a distinct prestige that can only come from the Vintage Series collection.  It’s features include Indian rosewood back and sides, Adirondack Spruce top and braces, the popular V shaped neck with Ebony fingerboard with 1-11/16” neck width, and Gotoh tuners with Butterbean knobs and comes with a custom label commemorating the win in the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship.

C.F. Martin & Co., Inc.

510 Sycamore St
Nazareth, PA 18064
800-633-2060
www.martinguitar.com

Hatman Jack's "Finest" Custom Made Hats

One will be given to the First Place winner.

Wichita Hat Works

601 W Douglas
Wichita, KS 67213
316-264-4881
www.hatmanjacks.com

Fishman Rare Earth Humbucking Soundhole Pickup

One pickup will be given to the First Place winner.

Fishman Transducers, Inc.

6 Riverside Dr
Andover, MA 01810
978-988-9199
www.fishman.com

Solid Ground Stands

One handcrafted stand with carrying case will be given to the first place winner of the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship.

Solid Ground Stands

9156 E 37th Court
Tulsa, OK 74145
918-688-6790
www.solidgroundstands.com

Elliott Capos - More than just a Capo!

One customized capo will be given to the First and Second Place winners.

Elliott Capos

PO Box 362
Brenham, TX 77833
979-421-9393
www.elliottcapo.com

Mass Street Music

Two sets of strings will be given to each of the five finalists.

Mass Street Music

1347 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS 66044
800-747-9980
www.massstreetmusic.com

BlueChip Pick

Revolutionizing the pick industry!  One pick of choice will be given to the First Place Winner.

BlueChip Pick

1112 New Henderson Rd
Knoxville, TN 37931
865-803-9442
www.bluechippick.net

Silver Pearl

One silver encased 2019 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.

Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton

9125 W 82nd St N
Valley Center, KS 67147
316-841-9576

Brendan White Jewelry Designs

One each music related, custom designed jewelry by Brendan White will be given to the first-place winner.

Brendan White Jewelry Designs

P.O. Box 1344
Gypsum, CO 81637
970-401-3013
www.brendanwhitejewelry.com

National Hammer Dulcimer Championship

1st Place

  • Trophy
  • $150 Cash
  • Invited to perform in the 2020 Champion Showcase Concert
  • PLUS, choice of three custom crafted hammer dulcimers listed below

2nd Place

  • Trophy
  • $125 Cash
  • PLUS, choice of two remaining hammer dulcimers

3rd Place

  • Trophy
  • $100 Cash
  • PLUS, the remaining hammer dulcimer

Master Works 16/15 CBWXR7 Bantam Weight Chromatic Extended Range Hammer Dulcimer

With 4-1/2 octaves range (weighing only 11 1/2 lbs.), this beautifully crafted instrument of mahogany top and back, low-sustain Rosewood bridges, exotic wood endrails plus custom WVA soundhole inlays is a musical trophy for any performer level musician to travel with and make magnificent music all over the world.

Handcrafted by Master Works and Russell Cook

PO Box 167
36613 US Hwy 70
Bennington, OK 74723
580-847-2273
www.masterworksok.com

~Cloud Nine~ Model 18/17/9

This is a 3-1/2 octave, fully chromatic hammer dulcimer. The exterior trim is made of cherry. The floating soundboard is western red cedar with a black stained finish and inlaid rosettes. The rosettes are of a triple spiral pattern and are made of quarter sawn cherry ringed with a fine maple line. The pinblocks are made of ten-ply rock maple piano pinplank stock. The bridges are marked for octave and key change and are made of cardinal wood. Course to course spacing is 1-1/16 inch. A custom carrying case is included.

Huddleson Josh Messick UL400C Chromatic Hammer Dulcimer

This 10/15/15 fully chromatic hammer dulcimer is hand crafted of hard maple with a natural finish and a black cherry stained mahogany top.  It features a 3-1/2 octave range and includes dampers to get that sound you’ve been looking for.

Dulcimer Player News

One Two-year subscription will be given to each of the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners of the National Hammer Dulcimer Championship.

Dulcimer Player News

P.O. Box 94
Harrisburg, MO 65256
573-445-5621
www.dpnews.com

BlueChip Pick

Revolutionizing the pick industry!  One pick of choice will be given to the First Place Winner.

BlueChip Picks

1112 New Henderson Rd
Knoxville, TN 37931
865-803-9442
www.bluechippick.net

Sliver Pearl

One silver encased 2019 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.

Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton

9125 W 82nd St N
Valley Center, KS 67147
316-841-9576

Brendan White Jewelry Designs

One each music related, custom designed jewelry by Brendan White will be given to the First-Place winner.

Brendan White Jewelry Designs

P.O. Box 1344
Gypsum, CO 81637
970-401-3013
www.brendanwhitejewelry.com

National Bluegrass Banjo Championship

1st Place

  • Trophy
  • Invited to perform in the 2020 Champion Showcase Concert
  • PLUS, choice of three custom crafted banjos listed below

2nd Place

  • Trophy
  • PLUS, choice of two remaining banjos

3rd Place

  • Trophy
  • PLUS, the remaining banjo

Ome Megatone Bluegrass Banjo

Ome Banjos’ Bluegrass model featuring real Rosewood or Ebony overlays including super fast hand-filed and shaped nickel-silver frets; real Mother-of-Pearl and Abalone inlays; Ivoroid bindings; 4:1 Planetary geared tuners; Ome’s bronze Flathead tone ring, zinc flange, brass arm rest and tailpiece; select air-dried hardwoods hand-stained and finished with lacquer; hand-engraved arm rest and tailpiece; and solid Ome-made brass hardware. This banjo is one of roughly 150 banjos to be hand-built this year by Rich Sharples and Gustavo Silva. All Ome Megatones offer the most sought after features of contemporary Prewar Flathead banjos while adding improvements in materials, workmanship and design.  Exceptional tone, superb playability and unfailing quality make this instrument one of the finest Bluegrass banjos ever made which will last a life-time!

Ome Banjos

5680 Valmont Rd
Boulder, CO 80301
303-449-0041
www.omebanjos.com

Deering Calico 5-String Banjo

Stained in a rich honey amber with a high gloss finish, the Calico is made of a premium grade of American maple.  Crafted with the ‘06 bell bronze tone ring, nickel finished hardware, ivoroid binding, Mother-of-Pearl inlays, and taper resonator side walls, the Calico is a powerful banjo with a distrinctly bright, sparkling tone.  The glued in frets give stability to the ebony fingerboard and allow the player an unparalleled note distinction.  Whether you are a powerful bluegrass player or want to play in a delicate melodic style, the Calico will rise to the occasion to give you greater musicality for your efforts.  Deering has added an engraved armrest saying “Winfield 2019” to let the world know you have been chosen as one of the best banjo players in the world of banjo.

Deering Banjo Company

3733 Kenora Dr.
Spring Valley, CA 91977
800-845-7791
www.deeringbanjos.com

Deering White Lotus Banjo

Innovation has long been a key ingredient for Deering’s pioneering spirit in the world of banjo manufacturing. This new natural colored white oak banjo is finished in a high gloss with nickel plating and newly created engraved white inlays. The bluegrass inspired White Lotus banjo, named for its lotus flower inspired inlay pattern created by Greg Deering, is centered around the patented white oak rim that creates a magnificently bold tone without the traditionally heavy tone ring found in most bluegrass banjos of this tonal character. The result is an incredibly birth, crisp bluegrass punch with good sustain and note distinction without the weight! This banjo ushers in a new era of playing comfort and sound for all banjo players in the future. This year’s Deering prize banjo will feature the traditional special armrest engraved with  “Winfield 2019”.

Deering Banjo Company

3733 Kenora Dr
Spring Valley, CA 91977
800-845-7791
www.deeringbanjos.com

Fishman Rare Earth Banjo Pickup

One pickup will be given to the First Place Winner.

Fishman Transducers, Inc.

6 Riverside Dr
Andover, MA 01810
978-988-9199
www.fishman.com

Solid Ground Stands

One handcrafted stand with carrying case will be given to the first place winner of the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship.

Solid Ground Stands

9156 E 37th Court
Tulsa, OK 74145
918-688-6790
www.solidgroundstands.com

Elliott Capos - More than just a capo!

One customized capo will be given to the First and Second Place Winners.

Elliott Capos

PO Box 362
Brenham, TX 77834
979-421-9393
www.elliottcapo.com

Mass Street Music

Two sets of strings will be given to each of the five finalists.

Mass Street Music

1347 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS 66044
800-747-9980
www.massstreetmusic.com

BlueChip Pick

Revolutionizing the pick industry!  One pick of choice will be given to the First Place winner.

BlueChip Picks

1112 New Henderson Rd
Knoxville, TN 37931
865-803-9442
www.bluechippick.net

Silver Pearl

A silver encased 2019 Festival pick pendant will be given to the First Place winner.

Silver Pearl Designs by Debbie Winton

9125 W 82nd St N
Valley Center, KS 67147
316-841-9576

Brendan White Jewelry Designs

One each music related, custom designed jewelry by Brendan White will be given to the first-place winner.

Brendan White Jewelry Designs

P.O. Box 1344
Gypsum, CO 81637
970-401-3013
www.brendanwhitejewelry.com

Contestants must have a valid wristband for the day of the contest in order to gain admittance to the Festival grounds.

To view the contest rules online:

Or, for a copy of the contest rules, write to:

Walnut Valley Association

Walnut Valley Association

P.O. Box 245
Winfield, KS 67156

Or call the WVA office at:

Walnut Valley Association

Walnut Valley Association

620-221-3250

You may also pick up a contest brochure at the Contest Registration Trailer during the Festival. (Opens Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:00am)

(rev.5-6-2019)

Office Hours

Post-Festival through May

Monday-Friday
9am-Noon; 1pm to 5pm

June through August 2nd

Monday-Friday
9am-5pm

August 3rd through September 7th

Monday-Friday
9am-5pm

Saturday
9am-1pm