Posts by CVB Staff

Sertoma Mini Train is Turning 60!

All aboard for a very special birthday party! The Sertoma miniature train at Soden’s Grove has been a fixture of summer evenings and children’s birthday parties for six decades. The beloved train celebrates 60 years of operation this year, culminating in a birthday party on August 25, 2018, at Soden’s Grove, located at South Commercial…

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Biscuits and Gravy, Anyone?

Biscuits and gravy plate at Commercial Street Diner in Emporia

Recently, Emporia’s own Commercial Street Diner got a big thumbs up from the website Only in Your State. According to the website, the diner’s biscuits and gravy are so good that people drive from all over just to get their hands on a plate. Of course, if you’re a native Emporian, you probably already knew…

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It’s Hot. Here’s a Few Cool Things to Do This Month!

Peterson Planetarium Dome

It may be sweltering outside, but Emporia is bursting with summer fun events for all ages. We’ve rounded up some of the best options for indoor, evening, and late night fun in E-town – so you can venture away from your A/C and still stay (mostly) cool. Full Dome Shows at Peterson Planetarium When: Daily…

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Bike Murder Ordained

Popular with ghost hunters and teens looking for a scare, Rocky Ford Bridge (or Bird Bridge to locals) is also the centerpiece of the Murder Ordained cycling route. The route is part of Dirty Kanza Promotions’ Iconic Route Challenge, classified as beginner-level difficulty. However, the story behind the 13-mile route elevates the ride to something more…

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Memorial to Fallen Educators becomes National Monument

Visitors at the memorial to fallen educators on the Emporia State University campus

Emporia is home to the National Teachers Hall of Fame, honoring educators across the country who provide exemplary guidance, knowledge, and care to our youth since 1989. And it is now home to the first national memorial honoring educators who have died protecting their students. Following the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, when six educators…

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Emporia named one of “25 Best Last Minute Family Vacations”

Emporia has become well known as a destination for cyclists and disc golfers alike, with year-round opportunities to enjoy these sports. Recently, recommended Emporia as one its 25 Best Last Minute Family Vacations. With a location just a few hours from many of the Midwest’s major metros, Emporia is the perfect place for active…

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Dirty Kanza 2018: Your Complete Guide

The world’s most epic gravel cycling race, the Dirty Kanza, is happening this weekend in Emporia! This year’s event is bigger than ever with over 2,700 riders from 49 states and 16 other countries participating. 1200 of this year’s cyclists will compete in the signature 200 mile race event, which is a solo, non-stop endurance…

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Impress your kids with a day out (for less than $1!)

We’re days away from the end of the school year! As your kids (and teachers) are counting down the days until summer, are you racking your brain for fun things to do that won’t break the bank? Good news: Emporia has a variety of free or nearly-free activities to keep the summer blues at bay!…

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National Tourism Week 2018

National Tourism Week

National Tourism Week is May 6-10, but so many amazing events are happening in Emporia during that time, we’ve decided to celebrate early! In honor of National Tourism Week, the Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau presents a series of events showing off some of the best Emporia has to offer. Tuesday, May 1 The Wild…

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Ready for a disc golf vacation? #playemporia365

Disc golfer Eric McCabe at Jones Park

Disc golf enthusiasts are familiar with Emporia thanks to the popular Glass Blown Open, the annual tournament that challenges both professional and amateur golfers. Sponsored by Dynamic Discs, a hometown company with a global reputation for quality products, the Glass Blown Open brings players and spectators from around the country and around the world to…

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