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

Independent Success

By Casey Woods | February 7, 2016

Independent businesses are obviously a huge part of the fabric of our community in Emporia. For years, stagnation and low occupancy rates crippled the downtown area, but as focus has turned away (not quite completely) from big box stores and looked more favorably on small mom and pop shops, independent businesses have seen a sort…

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2015 Emporia Main Street Annual Meeting

By Casey Woods | June 30, 2015

The Emporia Main Street Annual Meeting tends to emulate the organization itself.  We have a group  of super busy people that get together to honor productivity and offer thanks to those people making tangible improvements to the community, then we start working on making the future even better.  This year’s tribute to Steve Hanschu made the…

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2014 In Review At Emporia Main Street

By Casey Woods | June 29, 2015

Emporia Main Street is a results oriented organization.  The culture of measurable activities that push for community growth has been fostered by you, our membership, since the inception of the program in 1991.  Each year, we look back briefly to assess what was accomplished during the calendar year, and we utilize your feedback to help…

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Converting Festival Attendees Into Paying Customers

By Casey Woods | June 24, 2015

Through the Promotions Point in the Main Street concept, we focus on community marketing, the production of “register ringers” (like Midnight Madness or the Shop Hop) and “gathering” events (like the Great American Market and Dirty Kanza).  These three different promotional mindsets have different purposes and require alternate tactics for businesses to fully realize potential…

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The Taste of Emporia Q&A – Dark Horse Distillery

By Casey Woods | April 17, 2015

This is the final blog post in a 6 part series of The Taste of Emporia vendor Q&As that lead up to the event tomorrow! Damian Garcia is the Director of Sales & Marketing for Dark Horse Distillery. Q: What can you briefly tell us about Dark Horse Distillery? A: We’re a family owned and…

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The Taste of Emporia Q&A – Big John’s Brewing Company

By Casey Woods | April 16, 2015

This is Part 5 in a series of The Taste of Emporia vendor Q&As that will lead up to the event on April 18th! Diane Harris is the Office Manager for Big John’s Brewing Company. Q: What can you briefly tell us about Big John’s Brewing Company? A: We were established in 2013 in Salina,…

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