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Emporia’s water is some of the best in the world

Emporia has bragging rights thanks to the dedicated staff of the Emporia Public Works Water Treatment Plant. During four of the last five years, Emporia has been a top 5 contender in the Municipal Water category in the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition. Our crowning achievement was in 2013 when Emporia took first place…

Dirty Kanza 2017 — Schedule of Events

Welcome Dirty Kanza riders, crew, family and friends! Emporia is so excited to have all of you back in town for the big race on June 3. Whether you are riding the signature event — 200 miles or 100, 50, or 25 miles, you are all rock stars in our book! See below for the DK…

Three “Hidden Gem” Kansas Breweries

Kansas has had an interesting relationship with beer. Beginning in 1881 and lasting until 1948, all alcohol was banned in Kansas, a prohibition longer than any other state. Emporia was the first prohibition town, outlawing liquor in 1857, sixty-two years before national prohibition. Despite alcohol being prohibited in the state, the law was often ignored until…

Top things to do in July

Fireworks! It’s a 3-day weekend for some and the holiday plans are revving up. Fireworks stands have cropped up across Emporia, and there’s even a giant ape drawing attention on east 12th Avenue encouraging all to stop. Stock up on your favorite firecrackers, but remember these rules and tips from the City of the Emporia. Independence Day signifies…

Why Dirty Kanza Rocks

Dirty Kanza 2016, #FindYourLimit, is in the books. What a phenomenal event! The videos on Facebook are amazing to watch – 1,000 cyclists in the DK200 taking off downtown – what a sight. There’s a video by Ben Schubert down by the Veterans Memorial that is really impressive. You see a huge group of riders…

Dirty Kanza is Here!

Dirty Kanza is here! Festivities kick off today for the 2016 Dirty Kanza. The DK Store at 727 Commercial Street, is open from 4-7 pm. With 2,200 riders and their family and support crews, we will have lots of visitors in town. Please stay alert for cyclists as they will be everywhere! Be sure to…

The magic of Dirty Kanza

I won’t lie to you. I’ll be honest with you. Trust me on this one. I say these phrases often. They have just become habit really. I laugh when I hear myself say them. Am I inferring that at any other moment I could be lying, dishonest or untrustworthy? Do these phrases really bestow upon…

Dirty Kanza is Coming!

Dirty Kanza is coming! Emporia will soon welcome approximately 2,200 bicycle riders to town who will compete in the Dirty Kanza. There are 1,000 riders registered in the signature event, Dirty Kanza 200. The 100-mile DK Half Pint has 600 riders and the 50-mile DK Lite has 300 riders. Registration for the 20-mile DK Fun…

National Tourism Week

Next week we will celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week (May 1-7, 2016). NTTW was established by Congressional resolution in 1983 and is the annual salute to travel in America. Saluting and celebrating travel? What’s up with that? This celebration is a “toot your own horn” event allowing communities to showcase the impact of travel…

Dynamic Discs: the story of a local dreamer turned disc golf superstar

New plans are being made. (Internal monologue about to happen) …Hmmm.  1 disc costs $15 at the local store.  If I buy 10 discs straight from the manufacturer it will knock the cost down to $10 for each.  I can then sell them for $12.50 locally.  That will make me a couple of dollars as…