WINFIELD, Kan. – 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.

Held annually 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.

Date: September 19, 2019                         Time: 9:30 PM

Contest Name: 2019 International Finger Style Guitar Championships

1st Place Winner:  Adam Gardino

City/State: Colorado Springs, CO

Prize Instrument Selected: Bourgeois Finger Style Custom Guitar provided by Bourgeois Guitars, Inc. of Lewiston, ME

2nd Place Winner:  Jesse Smith

City/State: Wadsworth, OH

Prize Instrument Selected:  Taylor 812ce-DLX Grand Auditorium Guitar provided by Taylor Guitars, Inc. of El Cajon, CA

3rd Place Winner:  Gints Smukais

City/State: Riga, Latvia

Prize Instrument Selected: The Huss and Dalton Winfield Competition FS Guitar provided by  Huss & Dalton Guitars USA, Inc. of Oxnard, CA

Finalists:

Russell (RD) Kniffin of Brighton, MA

Hiroya Tsukamoto of Woodside, NY

 

Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: Jesse Smith (2nd) Adam Gardino (1st), and Gints Smukais (3rd),