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!

Unfit Wives


Voting is open until midnight on Friday, September 18th!


Unfit Wives made their initial appearance on the scene in January 2019 as a four-piece act strapped with instruments, clad in boots, and armed with original tunes. Huddled around a single mic, each member of the group takes turns singing and delivering their own unique brand of “unfit”-ness.

Unfit Wives have performed in a variety of settings from bars, wineries and private events, to larger listening rooms including Knuckleheads Saloon, Liberty Hall, and The Granada Theater in Emporia, KS. The Wives, who’ve been WVF attendees for 30+ years collectively, also made a point to attend the 48th annual WVF in 2019 where they played Stage 7 and the Fine Time stage. No matter the size of the stage (or if there even is one), these ladies bring hot licks, humorous lyrics, feisty four-part harmonies and a high-spirited performance to every show. Their original songs incorporate honest emotions of Unfit Wives and the name was inspired by society’s pressure on women to conform to its standards. Some of their influences include Wanda Jackson, Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris, Patsy Cline, The Dillard’s, Merle Haggard, The Dixie Chicks, Bill Monroe, and Split Lip Rayfield.

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Vote for your favorite band while also supporting the cause.  Sixty percent of the funds raised will be split equally between all of the artists in the lineup taking part. The remaining forty percent will be used by WVA to pay for production costs of WVF 48.5 as well as to get ready for its 49th Walnut Valley Festival in 2021.

Votes will be taken until midnight on Friday, September 18.  The winner will be announced in a live stream on Saturday, September 19.

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