Our promotion programs encourage local shopping, bring visitors to town, and engage residents

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Emporia Main Street's PROMOTION programs are run by a committee of volunteers along with Main Street staff. Our promotion activities are focused on drawing visitors through year-round events, promoting local shopping, and marketing Downtown Emporia as a destination.

Emporia Main Street hosts or supports over 40 events each year. Our largest event, the Dirty Kanza Finish Line Party, brings over 10,000 visitors to downtown Emporia. Our Midnight Madness shopping event boosts sales at retailers throughout Emporia. All of our events promote a positive image of our community to both visitors and residents.

Whether we're putting on an event or reaching out through marketing, our promotion activities are designed to encourage economic activity and investment in our community.


Promotion Programs


Emporia Main Street and the Promotions Committee host some of Emporia's biggest events, drawing thousands of visitors and locals each year. View our event calendar to see what's next.

Traffic Builders

Our events are designed not only to elevate the community, but also to provide exposure and foot traffic to our member businesses. Learn more here, and then contact us to register for an event!

Marketing Opportunities

Let us help promote you! Get your business in front our followers and other members.

Gift Certificate Program

Our gift certificate program is free for member businesses and encourages local shopping.

Interested in Joining the Promotions Committee?

The Promotions Committee is great for those who like to help to plan events! Click the button below if you'd like to join!

Promotion Education

Apella – A special weekend for all Emporia High School Alumni

By Jessica Buchholz | September 15, 2023

Welcoming alumni back to town for homecoming celebrations is an important community function. These folks represent friends and family, and homecoming festivities are a great way to encourage people to reconnect. September 22nd and 23rd, local groups and Emporia High School alumni will come together for several homecoming activities under the umbrella of the “Apella”…

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The 2023 Great American Market

By Jessica Buchholz | September 7, 2023

Join us for our annual downtown treasure market- a true community favorite. Find clothes, antiques, collectibles, food, and other unique items. Vendors will be set up on Commercial Street (6000 – 1100 blocks)! For a map of vendors click HERE!

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Back to School Strategies

By Jessica Buchholz | August 14, 2023

Some reminders of implementation steps you should consider as the school year approaches As back to school approaches, businesses gear up for a transition in traffic and sales. Businesses that don’t count students in their target market can still benefit from the shifting time period, and those that do count student age populations as part…

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H2E Music Fest 2023

By Jessica Buchholz | August 7, 2023

Check out the 2023 Festival at

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The Summer Reset – Recalibrating your business prior to Back-to-School.

By Casey Woods | July 18, 2023

We are officially in that weird portion of the summer when we can see back to school on the horizon, but we still have a few weeks of peak summertime activities. During this time period some businesses can fall into a lull. We would encourage you to take this time to recalibrate and prepare for…

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How is Your Customer Communication?

By Casey Woods | June 29, 2023

A focus on communication can help you establish positive customer relationships. A lot of our local small businesses do a good job with technical training. They have established programs to teach employees how to run a register, where back stock is located, how to operate the phone system, how to make their value added products,…

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