Robin Kessinger

June 3-4 2016

Festival & Workshops

Home of the West Virginia State Flatpick Guitar Contest
& part of Heritage Farm's "Way Back" Music Weekend

About the festival

Our mission is to celebrate the traditions of passing on musical heritage in the mountain state.

The Robin Kessinger Festival is pleased to announce the 2016 festival, to be held in conjunction with the Heritage Farm's "Way Back Weekend" on June 3 & 4. In addition to Friday and Saturday concerts, the WV State Flatpick Guitar Contest on Saturday, and traditional music workshops Saturday morning, the Heritage Farm venue offers a peek back in time for the whole family. Interact with life as it was in Appalachia from thee 1800's through the early 1900's in award winning exhibits that include over 20 buildings, as well as enjoy the music – which will be scattered through the farm as well. And don't forget to visit the Mountain Men's camp to see how our first settlers lived.

We promote and encourage people to support West Virginia's musical heritage as well as expose them to a variety of musical styles. Our hope is that everyone who attends our festival will go home with fond memories of the celebration of music, the beauty of our state, and the good times with old and new friends.

Performers & Instructors

(Click each name for more information)

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Location & Directions

Heritage Farm

3300 Harvey Rd, Huntington, WV 25704

Heritage Farm has set aside the New Barn and retreat Center for patrons of our festival.

Contact Heritage Farm for reservations 304-522-1244

Schedule & Workshops

Contest Information


The contest winner will receive paid entry to the national flatpick contest at the Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS – Sept. 14 – 18, 2016

  • 1st Place Craig Southern custom-made dreadnaught.
  • 2nd Place Blueridge Dreadnought Mahogany BR-140A from Fret 'n Fiddle
  • 3rd Place Sigma OM (Rosewood) with K&K pickup

How to Enter

Entry fee is $10 paid at the time of registration via mail.

c/o Kayce Gentry
145 Clarkson Run
Spencer WV, 25276

Click here to read the official rules.

Past Winners

  • 2014 Allen Shadd
  • 2013 Matt Lindsey
  • 2012 Ben Cockman
  • 2011 Adam Hager

Tickets & Admission


Friday evening event $15 per person (12 and under free)


Saturday admission is Adults — $15, Ages 3-18 — $10, 2 and Under are FREE.
Saturday admission includes entry into Smithsonian-affiliated museums, petting zoo, wagon ride, Discovery Zone and MakerSpace in addition to all RKF music events. The WayBack Weekend passes are valid for all of Saturday's events. Please refer to Heritage Farm Museum and Village link for more information.

No refundsNo AlcoholLimited Concessions

Contact Us

Kayce Gentry (304) 927-1415

June Kessinger (304) 593-5650