49th Walnut Valley Festival

September 15 - 19, 2021

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

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.

1997 NewSong Showcase Winners & Alternates

  • “Apache Plume” by S.L Reay, Colorado
  • “Doin’ Life” by Kay Perdaris & Michelle Cullum, Kansas
  • “Don’t You go Away” by Jason Fowler, Ontario, Canada
  • “Enjoy the Ride” by Mackie Redd, Missouri
  • “From His Window” by John Smith, Wisconsin
  • “God Wants Me to Be a Cowboy” by Dan O’Brien, Colorado
  • “Hoe Down High” by Russ Kapp, Kansas
  • “Hold to Grace” by Bill Graham, Missouri
  • “If I Were a Willow Tree” by Steve Jacobs, Missouri
  • “Not Far From Home” by Glenn Wallace, New York
  • “Six Long Rings” by Bill Graham, Missouri
  • “Steal Away” by Doug Miles, Colorado
  • “The Graduation” by John Smith, Wisconsin
  • “These Old Photographs” by Rechelle R. Malin, Kansas
  • “Yuppie Scum” by Emily Kaitz, Texas
Runners Up
  • “Banjo in the Wind” by Tim Smith
  • “Country Churches” by Russ Kapp, Kansas
  • “Forrestyne’s Waltz” by Bill Graham, Missouri
  • “Good-Bye” by Tim Durham, Kansas
  • “Home Fires Still Burn” by Mary Henderson, Minnesota
  • “In Place of My Heat” by Gary Gackstatter, Kansas
  • “Mariachi Trumpets” by Dan O’Brien, Colorado
  • “Meadowlark” by Patrick Bihlmaier, Kansas
  • “Miss Brown Eyes, Miss Blue Eyes” by Sylvia Griffin, Nebraska
  • “Once Again” by Shannon Gackstatter, Kansas
  • “Pelicans and Dolphins” by Travis Nevels, North Carolina
  • “Pick That Old Guitar” by Sylvia Griffin, Nebraska
  • “Six-String Mail Order Bride” by Steven Eulberg & Jim Pierce, Colorado
  • “Songs That Play Inside of You” by Doug Miles, Colorado
  • “The Baby’s Grave” by G. Parent, Oklahoma
  • “The Big’uns Home” by Steve Hinds, Colorado
  • “Your Neighbor as Yourself” by Danny Ginn, Kansas
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Office Hours

Post-Festival through May

9am-Noon; 1pm to 5pm

June through August 2nd


August 3rd through September 7th