Walnut Valley Festival Land Rush completed after several days of delays

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Sunshine begins to dry out the Winfield Fairgrounds, allowing the Walnut Valley Festival Land Rush to move forward. Sunshine begins to dry out the Winfield Fairgrounds, allowing the Walnut Valley Festival Land Rush to move forward.
WINFIELD, Kan. (KAKE) -

Sunday's sunshine brought more than just a welcome relief from the gray, rainy weather.  It let folks in Winfield kick off the annual Walnut Valley Festival Land Rush after a delay of several days. Land rushers aren't letting the late start slow down their fun.

"This is like going to heaven," said Bruce Bureman, one of many rushers who comes back for the festival year after year.

After days of waiting and wading through the mud campers were happy to line up for  the annual race to claim their campsite for the festival.

"The land rush is just a lot of fun," Bruce smiled. "Everybody is just trying to get their spot."

While some were disappointed by the delay, most said they understand it.

"It was questionable day before yesterday," Bruce shrugged. "Yesterday was okay. I think we're going to be able to get this big thing in there," he added, pointing at the camper behind him.

Festival goers are now just eager to get settled into their campsites and start the party. But, with many already lined up and waiting for several days now, folks like Jim "Grizz" Mandl had to dig out of the mud before they could make their big rush.

"Well, I was a little disappointed," Jim said about the delay.  But, he and others are taking it in stride. "You never know what you're going to get," he said.

And, in some ways, they say, it just adds to the fun.

"You pack for three seasons," Peggy Griffith said. "Because it's going to be cold, hot or wet."

"We still camped and plugged in and made the best of it," added Kathy Rogers. "We've had a good time. Still hanging out with friends.  There's people playing music down here."

The official music part of the Walnut Valley Festival starts this Wednesday and runs through next weekend.

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