Officials at Walnut Valley Association have announced that the Land Rush for this year’s Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS will take place Sunday, September 9 at 1 p.m.

Festival officials delayed the Land Rush, the traditional Thursday “race” to claim campsites, because of concerns about muddy conditions at the rain-soaked Winfield fairgrounds. There are no indications that the fairgrounds will flood, and an official at El Dorado Lake has said there has been no upstream release of water apart from the normal discharge.

Walnut Valley Festival will refund campers for prepaid days of electric hookup that festival goers did not receive. Refund request forms will be available at the Ticket Trailer or at the Information Booth, and should be completed and turned in by Monday, September 17. WVA aims to complete the partial refund of electric fees by September 30.

The WVA workers meeting that was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Barn 4 on Sunday will be held instead at 6 p.m., and WVA asks that workers report directly to their designated work areas, rather than the general workers meeting originally scheduled.

WVA Media Director Rex Flottman: “We recognize that this has been stressful for our campers, many of whom have been lined up for several weeks, anxious to get their choice spots in the campgrounds. But we are hopeful that the delay has given the fairgrounds time to dry out a bit, and make the campsites more accessible for everyone. I will note, also, that the forecast for next week, when the Festival is actually underway, calls for mild and sunny conditions”.