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.

Promotion Committee Volunteers

Adam Eimer
Uncommon Threads

Brad Harzman
USD 243

Kelly Mayer
Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Becky Smith
Twin Rivers Winery & City Commissioner

Patti Canson


Kim Redeker
Sweet Granada

Michele Boyce

Kristy Bayer
Emporia State University

Interested in joining the Promotion 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

The Taste of Emporia Q&A – Winebarn Winery & Vineyard

By Casey Woods | April 6, 2015

This is Part 2 in a series of The Taste of Emporia vendor Q&As that will lead up to the event on April 18th! Celeste Mikijanis is part-owner of Winebarn Winery & Vineyard in Kansas City, KS. Q: What can you briefly tell us about Winebarn Winery & Vineyard? A:  We are a family owned winery in…

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The Taste of Emporia Q&A – Oskar Blues Brewery

By Casey Woods | April 1, 2015

This is the first in a series of The Taste of Emporia vendor Q&As that will lead up to the event on April 18th! Tate Nelson is a Market Manager for Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, Colorado. Q: What can you briefly tell us about Oskar Blues? A: Founded as a funky little brewpub by Dale Katechis…

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Bringing it all Together: The 4 Point Approach

By Casey Woods | July 8, 2014

  Bringing it all   Together           Different points provide better results Every business or organization has to ask themselves a series of tough questions to achieve success.  What makes you different?  What makes you special?  How are you different from your competition?  The answers to these questions often make up a large…

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Can Customers Picture Your Products?

By Casey Woods | July 8, 2014

    Can Customers     Picture Your     Products?              As social media continues to change, maybe Instagram is right for you! They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in a social media world where you can only use 140 characters (for Twitter), pictures are very…

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The Evolution of a Revolution: A Conversation with Jeremy Rusco, Disc Golfer Magazine

By Casey Woods | June 21, 2013

2013 PDGA Amateur World Champrionships preview and Interview with Jeremy Rusco

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