National Guitar Flat Pick Championship - Pat Van Gorder of Rockvale, Tennessee performing
The Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas hosts 8 International or National Championships: Autoharp, Fingerstyle Guitar, Mountain Dulcimer, Mandolin, Old Time Fiddle, Flat Pick Guitar, Hammer Dulcimer, and Bluegrass Banjo. Each day of the festival, one or more of the competitions are held at Stage 4.
The top three finishers in each of the acousitc national or international championships receive custom musical instruments, and the winners in some events receive up to $3,000 cash. The total value of prizes in 2007 was nearly $90,000.
But for many of the performers, the visibility and recognition of performing at the Walnut Valley Festival's national and international championships can mean more that the prizes. Previous winners include today's well known performers such as Mark O'Connor, Alison Krauss, Chris Thile, and Peter Ostroushko.
With so many other performances and activities around the Walnut Valley Festival, I recommend sampling only a few of the contestants performances, but returning to Stage 4 for the presentation of the prizes to the winners of the events. The top three finishers in each championship perform again at that time.
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