Walnut Valley Festival

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The Walnut Valley Festival wrapped up its first-ever virtual event last weekend after it went online because of the pandemic.

Now, organizers are optimistically planning for next year’s event in Winfield, even as the future of large-scale events remains in question.

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Veteran Celtic music act Cherish The Ladies brings its Christmas show to Wichita's Orpheum Theatre Sunday, Dec. 16. The group has recorded three holiday LPs to date, the latest being Christmas In Ireland. The evening features traditional Christmas songs such as "Silent Night" and "O Come All Ye Faithful" in unique arrangements.

Jonathan Huber

Every third weekend of September, the Walnut Valley Festival takes place in Winfield. For 46 years, it's put together bluegrass, Celtic, folk music, Cowboy, and numerous other genres. People come from all over the world to reunite with their Winfield family.

KMUW’s Jonathan Huber filed this audio postcard with voices from folk musician John McCutcheon and The Steel Wheels’ Trent Wagler, along with music from the festival and the campgrounds.

Ryan Hendrix

One of the most important expressions of local musical culture happens every third week in September, when thousands become willing refugees from the city and head south to live in a shanty town founded on bluegrass. It's called the Walnut Valley Festival, but the regulars just call it “Winfield.”

My fellow Americans, our nation is on the verge of an historic decision. In a very short time a great honor will be bestowed on one of the candidates. Either a candidate who has been tested and proven a winner in the past will be chosen, or a candidate who is new will be deemed victorious.

No, no, no. I’m not talking about that election business between the President and Mr. Romney. Their conventions are over and done with.

“Late in the evening, about sundown
High on the hill, up above the town
Uncle Pen played the fiddle; Lord, how it’d ring
You could hear it talk, you could hear it sing.”