FLINT HILLS RODEO Beginning in 1937, the Flint Hills Rodeo (flinthillsrodeo.org) is the oldest consecutive rodeo in the state of Kansas. This PRCA sanctioned event takes place in Strong City and includes a parade and dance.
CELEBRATE RANCHING Flint Hills Beef Fest (beeffest.com) is an annual celebration of the grass cattle industry for which the Flint Hills region is well known. Immerse yourself in a weekend of activities including a Ranch Feed, Ranch Rodeo,
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and a steak dinner and dance.
FARM LIFE Whether you need farm equipment or you’re looking for the perfect gift,
Discover real western adventures in Emporia and experience a different way of life.
check out the extensive inventory at PrairieLand Partners (1744 County
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bicycles, collectibles and more.
Rd. F). Find infant and toddler toys from teething rings to power toys,
Shop at one of the area’s many boutiques specializing in western wear. Find your treasure at Prairie & Pearls Western Boutique (628 Merchant St.) featuring western fashions and accessories.
A FLINT HILLS EXPERIENCE Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply (2611 W. US Hwy 50) is an Emporia tradition. You can spend hours browsing the aisles of this family-owned store that has everything you may need for your farm or home. Check out their wall of jeans with over 8,000 pairs.
COWBOY UP Open since 1975, Jim’s Cowboy Shop (312 Commercial St.) will take care of all your western needs with western wear, hats, cowboy boots and leather repair.
WAGON WHEEL Sometimes you just want great food with an authentic atmosphere. Wagon Wheel Bar & Grill (2909 W. 9th Ave.) is off the beaten path, and is one of the best places to get steak in Emporia.
BOURBON COWBOY Bourbon Cowboy (605 Commercial St.) is a 6,000 square foot, two-level country dance bar featuring live music on most Saturday nights and the friendliest bartenders and cocktail waitresses in the region. visitemporia.com