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

So, What’s the Plan? Second & Third Quarter Planning is an Uncertain Time.

By Jessica Buchholz | February 3, 2021

The calls, emails, and social media notifications are already coming in. “What are events going to look like this year?” “When can my business open up at full capacity?” “When are customers going to ‘return to normal’?” Because our crystal ball hasn’t been working at optimum capacity for quite some time, we can only tell you…

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Newman Regional Healthcare Staff Receive Gift.

By Jessica Buchholz | December 18, 2020

All staff at Newman Regional Health were gifted a $10 gift certificate to Radius Brewing Company through the Adopt a Newman Regional Healthcare Hero Program and a contribution from Radius! Thank you to everyone that has helped us make this program possible! To participate in this program, click:

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USD 253 Holiday Gifts

By Jessica Buchholz | December 10, 2020

With a majority of students going remote due to COVID-19, we understand that it might be difficult to get a holiday gift to teachers, administrators, and others that work within the district. Between now and December 14th, you can purchase a Special USD 253 Emporia Main Street gift certificate through our website (click here) and…

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Newman Regional Health Employees Receive Heartfelt Thank You

By Jessica Buchholz | November 25, 2020

Red Line Truck Lines gives gift to say Thank You! Emporia, KS – The Emporia Main Street Office was packed with a special Thanksgiving feeling this week as over 50 gift baskets were created and delivered to staff members at Newman Regional Health.These baskets were made possible through the Adopt a Healthcare Hero program – a…

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The 2020 Holiday Season in Emporia

By Jessica Buchholz | November 5, 2020

I know this sounds a little repetitive, but holiday events are a little different this year. With so much change in the world, we wanted to let you know what the protocols are for upcoming holiday related activities. Specifically, we have three upcoming events (two former favorites, and one new addition).Saturday, November 14th- Holiday Open…

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Trick or Treat Downtown

By Jessica Buchholz | October 20, 2020

This event will look A LOT different than years past The Emporia Main Street Board of Directors met this past Wednesday during our regularly scheduled board meeting (the first and third Wednesday’s of every month). One of the agenda items was discussion of Halloween activities. We will not host Haunted Tours this year, but there…

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