47 th Annual Walnut Valley Festival – Winfield, Kansas

Held annually each year on the 3rd weekend in September, the Walnut Valley Festival is the home of the
International Autoharp Championship, the International Fingerstyle Guitar, the National Mountain
Dulcimer, the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship, the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship
and the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship. Other contests held at the Walnut Valley Festival are
the National Mandolin Championship and the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle.

Contest Name: 2018 International Autoharp Contest
1 st Place Winner: Les Gustafson-Zook
City/State/Zip: Goshen, IN
E-Mail Address: gustaook@gmail.com
Website: NA
Prize Instrument Selected: Whippoorwill Acoustics A18 Autoharp provided by
Whippoorwill Acoustics of Columbia City, IN
2nd Place Winner: Hal Weeks
City/State/Zip: Denver, CO
E-Mail Address: hal.weeks.50@gmail.com
Website: NA
Prize Instrument Selected: d’Aigle Cascade SP G-D Diatonic Autoharp provided by
Peter d’Aigle of Sea Tac, WA
3rd Place Winner: Steve Luper
City/State/Zip: Andover, KS
E-Mail Address: stluper@gmail.com
Website: NA
Prize Instrument Selected: An Oscar Schmidt OS11021AE Autoharp provided by
Oscar Schmidt Autoharps/US Music Corp., div. of JAM Industries of Buffalo Grove, IL