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Derby guitarist Jade Hopkins performs at the 48th annual Walnut Valley Festival and National Flat-picking Guitar Championship in 2019. The event returns for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

After having to be canceled a year ago, the Walnut Valley Festival is back in 2021, going from Sept. 15 to 19 at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

The five-day festival that has been going on for nearly half a century features more than 30 musical acts and eight contests – including the national flatpicking championships and international fingerstyle championships – that draw participants from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

Workshops and an arts and craft fair have also been added to the bluegrass music festival – which draws an annual crowd of 15,000 annually – over the years. Tickets to the festival can be purchased at the gate.

For additional information on festival performances and activities, visit wvfest.com.

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