48th Walnut Valley Festival
RW will appear at various times at this prestigious festival, beginning Sept. 18 — 22.
The Walnut Valley Association was formed in 1972, with its sole purpose to produce the Walnut Valley National Guitar Flat-Picking Championships Festival, also known as the Flat-Picking Championships, now known as the “Walnut Valley Festival” or simply “Winfield” to the long time attendees.
Evolving from 2 days in 1972 to its current 5 days, held the 3rd weekend of September annually, it endeavors to produce: “family fare” entertainment on 4 stages simultaneously; a large, quality, juried arts and crafts fair; workshops; and acoustic instrument contests. What began with 10 acts and 2 contests now boasts over 30 acts and 8 contests, including two international contests, 5 national contests and 1 Walnut Valley contest.
The contests are a major part of the festival. Along with the National Flat Pick Championships and the International Finger Style Championships, the Walnut Valley Festival hosts the International Autoharp, National Mandolin, National Mountain Dulcimer, National Hammered Dulcimer, National Bluegrass Banjo, and Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championships. Over the course of years, the contests at Winfield have attracted more than 3,000 contestants from all 50 states as well as many foreign countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Caledonia, Switzerland, and Wales.
Ft. Worth Stockyards
Red Steagall’s Cowboy Gathering & Western Swing Festival
Join us in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District for the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival. This premiere celebration of the nation’s premier western heritage event has been voted ‘Best Gathering and Best Family Event’ by the readers of American Cowboy Magazine.
Come enjoy these great events during the weekend: Wagon Train and Trail Ride from Jacksboro, TX, Exciting Ranch Rodeo Action, Chuck Wagon Camp and Competition, Trappings Show, Cowboy Poetry and Cowboy Music, Ranch Cutting Horse Assn. Rodeo Finals, Youth Poetry Contest, Youth Fiddle Contest, Youth Chuck Wagon Cook-off, Texas Trail of Fame, Cowboy Church, Cowboy Gospel Concert, Western Swing Dances and the Texas Lone Star Open Live Bid Calling Contest.