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Flint Hills Rodeo is a Kansas tradition that takes place in Strong City. The three-day event features a parade, dances, art shows and other activities. Cheer on over 2,000 riders as they attempt the Dirty Kanza, a grueling 200-mile race through the Flint Hills. Join the finish line celebration at this epic downtown party. Welcome this year’s exceptional teachers at the National Teachers Hall of Fame Induction. Lunar Kanza is a 50-mile gravel leisure bike ride under the full moon. Experience the open range under the Milky Way.

Flint Hills Beef Fest is an annual celebration of the grass cattle industry for which the Flint Hills region is well known. Includes a ranch feed, ranch rodeo, and steak dinner. Run or ride the Flint Hills Nature Trail at Rush the Rails. This 100-mile ride or relay run starts in Osawatomie and ends in Council Grove with a festival. Emporia lives up to its name during the Great American Market. This 9-block long market event has fun for everyone. Buy collectibles, antiques, artwork, crafts and food.

No summer is complete without the fair! The Lyon County Free Fair features carnival rides, livestock shows, concerts, and grandstand events.

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Every October, things get spooky with Eek Town celebrations in Emporia. The Downtown Haunted Tours allow visitors to take a self-guided, behind the scenes tour of historic downtown buildings and learn about the city’s colorful history.

The ESU Homecoming Celebration is an annual tradition that includes football, a parade and a musical production. Brave the cold on Commercial Street for the Annual Christmas Parade. Festivities include a lighting ceremony, musical performances and an appearance by Santa.

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Did you know all the world’s Twinkies are baked in Emporia? The Twinkies Festival celebrates the sweetest comeback in the history of ever! Events include a 5K run, eating contest, box car derby, carnival games, costume parade, EAC Art Mobile and more!

All Veterans Tribute Celebration in the founding city of Veterans Day includes too many events to count. This celebration honoring veterans starts at the end of October and culminates on Veterans day. Events include a parade, memorial service, art exhibit, and banner walk, where visitors can hear stories about those who served from their families. Freedom Fest includes a 15 or 40-mile gravel bike ride, 5K walk/ run, Spur Ride, and disc golf tournament.

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Emporia Visitors Guide 2018  

Your official guide for exploring the home of the Dirty Kanza, and the best main street in America. Discover your adventure in Emporia, KS.

Emporia Visitors Guide 2018  

Your official guide for exploring the home of the Dirty Kanza, and the best main street in America. Discover your adventure in Emporia, KS.

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