Vermont based folk group, Woods Tea Co on Stage 1 at the Walnut Valley Festival.
With up to 16,000 attendees, the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas is one of Kansas' largest seasonal events. Although officially a four day event, Walnut Valley attendees start assembling at the Festival nearly a week in advance and a music crawl is held in downtown Winfield on Tuesday evening before the Festival.
The 45th year of the bluegrass and acoustic music festival will be September 14-18, 2016. Walnut Valley Festival hosts international acts, championships for instrumental performance such as bluegrass banjo & old time fiddle, and well over 100 food, crafts and music venders.
The Walnut Valley Festival has 4 official stages and several less official, ranging from Stage 1 with a grandstand, to Stage 5 on a flatbed truck in one of the campgrounds, to stage 7 (without power) even farther into the campground. But there is music everywhere. It is unusual to walk more than 50 paces and not hear music coming from somewhere.
Attending the Walnut Valley Festival is also a chance to do some bargain hunting. Every year more Winfield residents hold yard sales during the Festival. In 2007, the city of Winfield, Kansas issued 134 permits for yard sales during the Walnut Valley Festival week. For the best selection, don't wait until the weekend, early bird sales start during the week.
Note: High water has forced many campers to move from the Pecan Grove Campground at Walnut Valley Festival at the last minute in 2016. They have moved to Winfield City Lake and there is also temporarily parking away from the festival grounds at the parking lot for the Winfield Sale Barn.
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