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January 2013

Volume 13, Issue 1

A publication of the Manhattan

Convention &

Visitors Bureau

Coming soon: LOCAL CHAMPIONS! The Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau wants YOU to Keep It Local--- and that’s why we are unveiling how you can become a Local Champion.

You work hard. You go above and beyond. You’ve done it before and you’ll do it again. We agree. Let us recognize you. Manhattan is growing in leaps and bounds and we know it is a result of people like you, vital connectors planning into the future to bring others to Manhattan. The Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau strive to bring meetings to the community; we want to seek others who help promote The Little Apple® as a meeting and event location, behind the scenes. Manhattan’s Local Champions are the connectors who identify future conventions, meetings, events and sports in Manhattan. We couldn’t do it without

you—you are the true champion for Manhattan! So why should you become a Local Champion? Did you know that hosting a group of 100 can add $15,700 to the local economy per day? Hosting a sporting event of 100 can add $10,000 to the local economy. There is a great increase in: retail sales, gasoline and dining all due to your meeting coming to Manhattan But we want to go even further and thank you. Once you submit a meeting you will automatically be entered to win $200 in Little Apple Dollars to spend at area businesses in Manhattan. We will also share your information on the Local Champion Profile page on our website. So keep an eye out in January as we roll out the Local Champion Program and start thinking about how YOU can be a local champion!

* Does not include Country Stampede

Hard At Work

The Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau works tirelessly throughout the year to bring conferences, visitors, group tours and special events to Manhattan. Our Convention Sales Manager, Christy Chase, works with the many groups who will meet in Manhattan in 2013. The New Year kicks off right with not just one, but three groups who haven’t met in Manhattan before, or haven’t for a very long time. Welcome to The Little Apple®, Kansas Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Conference Jan 18-20, Kansas Parks and Recreation Annual Conference Jan 28-31, and the Kansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Leaders Conference Jan 25-27! “Our members are excited for the opportunity to return our state conference to Manhattan,” said KRPA Executive Director Doug Vance. “We want to make this a regular state conference stop in our rotation of this annual event. The new Hilton Garden Inn/Manhattan Conference Center along with the Flint Hills Discovery Center is a great destination that our members look forward to experiencing in 2013.” “Throughout the process of organizing our symposium we have been amazed and grateful for all the time the CVB has put into working with us to provide a memorable experience for our attendees coming to Manhattan. Their connection to and networking within the community has given our group a way to experience Manhattan in the best possible way.” Janette Lyon, KINBRE The Kansas Society of Association Executives The KSAE functions to promote professional excellence in Association Management. The CVB, Clarion, Hilton Garden Inn, Manhattan Conference Center, K-State Student Union, Candlewood Suites and the Holiday Inn at the Campus presented to the KSAE trade show in December. Over 100 associations were present at the annual conference. Kansas Press Association KPA hasn’t met here since 1999. Due to Manhattan’s growth and larger meeting facilities, the KPA will be returning to meet in Manhattan in 2014. Kansas Press Association serves, improves and promotes the newspaper industry. More than 235 member newspapers throughout Kansas are represented in the KPA. Contact Christy Chase, Convention Sales Manager, at to find out how you can bring your group or organization to meet in Manhattan! Barn Quilt Grows Our Tourism Sales Manager, Marcia Rozell, continues to assist the Flint Hills Tourism Coalition in the development of barn quilt squares. These quilt squares are painted on wood boards and affixed to barns for visitors to view. Often, they are one in a series on a barn quilt trail that spans several counties. Rozell will attend some of these barn additions, and the FHTC will have a solid inventory by the end of February as to how many of these squares exist in the surrounding areas. For more information, visit

K-State Sports

Men’s Basketball 1-19 vs. Oklahoma at 3:00 pm – Big 12 Network 1-22 vs. Kansas at 7:00 pm – Big 12 Network 1-30 vs. Texas at 8:00 pm – ESPN2 Women’s Basketball 1-12 vs. West Virginia at 3:00 pm – FOX Sports 1-16 vs. Baylor at 7:00 pm – FOX Sports 1-23 vs. Oklahoma State at 7:00 pm – FCS Central 2-2 vs. Kansas at 2:00 pm – Cox 22/Metro Mark your calendars as the 2013 K-State Football schedule has been announced.

Can’t Miss Events

Dirty Kanza Avid biker? This is an event you can’t miss. The Dirty Kanza 200 is a pre-registration only, 200mile bike race through the Flint Hills. Registration is open January 12th, beginning at 8:00 am Central Time through In 2012 registration filled up in 2 ½ hours! Field limit is set at 800 participants, and this year a “half-pint” option is available as well. This is a 100-mile option. Field limit for the half pint is set at 200 participants. The race itself takes place on June 1 in the Flint Hills.

young people understand the importance of the Civil Rights Movement and of Martin Luther King Jr. Recommended for ages 3-7. Call 785-776-4741 with questions.

The Mariana Kistler Beach Museum of Art will offer a special viewing from the permanent collection that “expresses themes of cultural identity.” The event is free- but food donations to the Flint Hills Breadbasket are requested. The viewing is open January 21, from 10:00 am to noon. Additionally- “The Rosa Parks Story,” an emmynominated movie will be shown at the Beach Museum on January 26th from 1-3:00 pm. This event honors the 100th anniversary of the birthday of this American Civil Rights pioneer.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Manhattan has a host of activities and recognitions for MLK day. Below are many of the events that will take place in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The day is celebrated January 21.

HandsOn K-State has partnered with the MLK Committee of Manhattan for more than ten years. They offer a day of service- “a day on, not a day off.” They call for Americans from all walks of life to work together on national problems. January 21 is the recognized day of service in 2013. Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored, alone with belief in equality and justice. Visit to find out how to participate- you can sign up as an individual, or team.

The Manahttan Public Library will host a storytime on January 21 from 3-3:30 pm that helps

A Chorus Line It’s one, singular sensation at McCain Auditorium! On January 29, 17 dancers will audition for A Chorus Line, the musical for “everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line.” The show starts at 7:30 pm, and some costumes, dancing and language may not be appropriate for children under the age of 14.

BRRR! Sign up now to attend the Polar Plunge® at Tuttle Creek Lake! This event raises funds for Special Olympics of Kansas. Manhattan’s event will take place on February 2. Plungers get to participate with a minimum donation of $75- but you get a great Polar Plunge® sweatshirt to warm up in after the dive. There are plenty of other volunteer and fund-raising opportunities to get involved in if frigid waters aren’t for you! Visit to watch videos, register and find more information. Annual Valentines Workshop The Beach Museum of Art is hosting their annual workshop for Valentine’s Day! February 3rd from 1:30-3pm, lace, ribbon, sparkles and bling will be flying through the air. Create handmade valentines, spend quality time with the family and then put your creations to good use. $5 per child, $3 per member- reservations not required. Call 785- 532-7718 with questions.

We are excited to roll out the brand new Visitor’s Guide for 2013! Tourism Ad Campaign Submit a request for your copy of the latest information on where to dine, shop, meet and play in Manhattan. The Manhattan Visitors Guide is our number one resource for visitors, and groups meeting in Manhattan. We distribute 125,000 guides in the calendar year through welcome packets, mailings, and area distributions.

A big thank you goes out to all our advertising partners- this guide wouldn’t exist otherwise.

The 2013 Kansas State Visitor Guide is out as well. You can pick these up at the Manhattan Town Center, or from our office located at 501 Poyntz Ave.

Touts Kansas

“Some people think Kansas is a well-kept secret, but the Division of Tourism of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) doesn’t keep quiet about trumpeting the virtues of our state. According to an independent study, the state’s “There’s No Place Like Kansas” marketing campaign generated 133,400 additional visitors to Kansas and contributed $73.5 million to the Kansas economy, yet cost only $915,400 – a return on investment of $80 for every dollar spent. The KDWPT Division of Tourism directed the campaign, and an independent research company, H2R Market Research, conducted the study.”

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Free Kids' Movie, Manhattan Public Library, 2pm, 785-776-4741 Little Apple to the Big Apple through the USO Fort Riley Collection Drive, Manhattan, On-going, 785-776-7787 Free Kids' Movie, Manhattan Public Library, 10am, 785-776-4741 Mad Libs Party, Manhattan Public Library, 2pm, 785-776-4741 K-State Mens Basketball vs. Oklahoma State, Bramlage Coliseum, 12:30PM, 800-221-2287 K-State Womens Basketball vs. TCU, Bramlage Coliseum, 6pm, 800-221-2287 Tuttle Creek Eagle Days, Tuttle Creek State Park, 9am-12:30pm, 785-539-8511 eReader Workshop, Manhattan Public Library, 1011:30am, 785-776-4741 Keepers in Action: Happy Zoo Year!, Sunset Zoo Nature Exploration Center, Noon-4pm, 785-587-2737 Flint Hills Bridal Show, Manhattan Conference Center, 12-5pm, 785-539-7111 First Monday Gaming for Teens, Manhattan Public Library, 4-6pm, 785-776-4741 MCC Women's Basketball vs. Presentation College, City Auditorium, 5:30pm, 877-246-4622 MCC Men's Basketball v. Presentation College, City Auditorium, 7pm, 877-246-4622

K-State Womens Basketball vs. West Virginia, Bramlage Coliseum, 3pm, 800-221-2287 12 Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament, Manhattan Public Library, 2-4pm, 785-776-4741 16 K-State Womens Basketball vs. Baylor, Bramlage Coliseum, 7pm, 800-221-2287 19 K-State Mens Basketball vs. Oklahoma, Bramlage Coliseum, 3pm, 800-221-2287 20 Sunset Zoo Presents: Marina Petrovic, Sunset Zoo Nature Exploration Center, 3pm, 785-587-2737 22 K-State Mens Basketball vs. Kansas, Bramlage Coliseum, 7pm, 800-221-2287 22 MCC Women's Basketball vs. Rhema College, City Auditorium, 6pm, 877-246-4622 23 K-State Womens Basketball vs. Oklahoma State, Bramlage Coliseum, 7pm, 800-221-2287 25 MCC Men's Basketball v. Central Christian College of the Bible, City Auditorium, 7:30pm, 877-246-4622 25-27 Kansas State University 20th Concert Band Clinic, McCain Auditorium, K-State, All Day, 785-532-3816 26 MCC Men's Basketball v. St. Louis Christian College, City Auditorium, 4pm, 877-246-4622 26 Local Area Cinderella Scholarship Pageant, Manhattan Arts Center, 12pm4pm, 785-341-7334 12

Manhattan CVB Steering Committee

Chuck Scott, Chairman Brad Everett, Hotel Jennifer Fritchen, Hotel Gregg Joyal, Hotel Dave Lewis, Ex-Officio Kelly Loub, Restaurant Curt Loupe, Ex-Officio Meridith McKee, Hotel Teresa Morris, Hotel

Wayne Rouse, Entertainment Evan Tuttle, Attraction John Pence, K-State Bernie Haney, Ex-Officio Lynda Spire, Ex-Officio Bob Workman, Ex-Officio

501 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502 (785) 776-8829 • (785) 776-0679 fax

Vision Statement: Destination Manhattan!



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Unstock the Bar! (Reservation Required), Harry's Restaurant, 8:3011:30pm, 785-537-1300 Kansas State University 20th Concert Band Clinic Concert, McCain Auditorium, K-State, 1pm, 785-532-3816 McCain Performance Series: A Chorus Line, McCain Auditorium, K-State, 7:30pm, 785-532-6428 K-State Mens Basketball vs. Texas, Bramlage Coliseum, 8pm, 800-221-2287

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Upcoming Conferences, Sports and Special Events in The Little Apple

MCC Women's Basketball vs. Central Christian College of the Bible, City Auditorium, 5:30pm, 877-246-4622 McCain Performance Series: Sweet Honey in the Rock, McCain Auditorium, K-State, 7:30pm, 785-532-6428 MCC Men's Basketball vs. Ozark Christian College, City Auditorium, 7:30pm, 877-246-4622 MCC Men's Basketball vs. Calvary Bible College, City Auditorium, 4pm, 877-246-4622 MCC Women's Basketball vs. Calvary Bible College, City Auditorium, 2pm, 877-246-4622 K-State Womens Basketball vs. Kansas, Bramlage Coliseum, 2pm, 800-221-2287 2013 Polar Plunge, Tuttle Creek State Park, 10:30AM, 913-236-9290

Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff Karen Hibbard, Director

November . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anticipated Attendance Numbers Conferences 10-13 Kansas Auctioneers Association Annual Convention . . . . .200 18-20 K-INBRE Symposium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250 25-27 Young Farmers and Ranchers of Kansas Annual Convention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .500 26-28 Kansas Land Improvement Contractors Association Annual . Convention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 28-31 Kansas Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference . and Trade Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .375 Sporting Events 12-13 Little Apple Basketball Tournament Boys Basketball Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300 12-13 Little Apple Basketball Tournament Girls Tournament . . . .300 19 Manhattan Optimist Kids Wrestling Club Little Apple Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .700

Park Permit Update

The goal is to attract more park visitors. The Revenue Department along with the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism now let residents buy annual park permits when they register their vehicles in 2013. Prior to 2013, these have been separate transactions. The new regulations will allow for the Parks Passport to cost about $15 if bought during the vehicle registration process. Regular price is $25. Funding for state parks has decreased in recent years- posing challenges to operations and maintenance. This effort will hopefully incur some growth in visitors to state parks.

The Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau works closely with neighboring Tuttle Creek State Park. Events from small to large are held there, including Country Stampede, the Polar Plunge, and the I Love Manhattan Sprint Traithlon. Attendees of these events bring major revenue to Manhattan, staying in our hotels and shopping in our stores, and purchasing park passes if they don’t already have them. Interested in volunteering at these events, or any others? Email or call 785-776-8829.

Christy Chase, Convention Sales Manager

Marcia Rozell, Tourism Sales Manager

Autumn Shoemaker, Marketing Coordinator

Kendra Dekat, Administrative Assistant/ Service Coordinator

Mission Statement:

To expand the local area economy by attracting visitors.

Tuttle Creek State Park- pick up your pass when you register your vehicle in 2013. Photo by Mike Marish.

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