The Walnut Valley Festival crowd stands, awaiting an encore. This tradition happens after almost every show at the festival. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
An impromptu jam session including a Ukelele, Guitar, and a banjo broke in between the shows on stage three. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
In the midst of a hot Saturday afternoon, children play in the water from a hose. The show continued as the children cooled down. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
The Walnut Valley Association tries to bring in new faces each year as well as past performers. Molly Tuttle played several shows at her first year here in the festival. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
Stage 11 serves as the singer/songwriter stage in the Pecan Grove. Friday night served as a "new song night" where performers may only perform a song written in the last 30 days. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
A crowd watches as the Kenny Cornell & Grasshole band performs on Stage Five. Stage Five is located in the Pecan Grove and featured artists from 11 am to 3 am each day of the festival. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
The Sunflower Stage is a new stage, having been added within the past three years. Performers have hopped up and played many tunes on this acoustic only stage. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)
The festival brings individuals from all over the world and creates a special sense of peace and joy for the attendees. Many of the current festival-goers have traveled to Bluegrass previously. (Madison Stumbough/Staff photographer)

By Madison Stumbough

Staff reporter

The 47th annual Walnut Valley Festival came to Winfield on September 13 and it lasted until the 16.

There were several mainstay annual traditions that have gone on for decades, as well as some new traditions from the previous years.

Next year the Bluegrass Festival will be held September 18 through the 22 at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

Madison Stumbough is a senior majoring in liberal arts and sciences. You may email her at