This past August, Emporia Main Street and the FreedomFest Committee kicked off the Veteran’s Banner Project to honor active duty military and veterans with banners on the downtown light poles. Over 100 banner submissions were received! The banners have been placed downtown, so stroll down Commercial and check them out! Click the links below for a map of the banners, and the Veteran’s Biography Booklet, which contains stories and information about the veterans pictured. Print it out and ready some incredible true stories as you look at the banners.
The Banner Project is closed for the 2014 year. We are hoping to be able to accommodate more requests next year, and are currently fundraising to do so. The downtown is maxed out of poles that have brackets, and brackets on each poles cost around $150. So in order to have to the ability to put up more banners, we must raise the money for the brackets. If you are interested in donating, you may send a check to the Emporia Community Foundation in care of Emporia Main Street. The funds raised from the Public Improvement Auction (October 30th at the Granada Theater Silent Auction at 530pm and Live Auction at 7pm) will be used towards the Banner Project.
Once the number of spots for next year has been determined, applications will be available in July. They will be on a first come first served basis. So those who turn in their forms with pictures, information, and their payment will be taken first.
The month of October brings many fabulous events to Emporia! Check out whats coming up:
Historic Haunted Tours: October 24th & 25th from 9-11:30pm Tickets are $5 and can be bought at the Emporia Main Street Office or the night of. Trick or Treat Downtown: October 25th 1-3pm Get the kids dressed up and head downtown to visit our participating merchants! Click the link below to download this year’s Trick or Treat Map! 2014 Trick or Treat Map Annual Public Improvement Auction: October 30th Silent Auction beings at 5pm, Live Auction beings at 7pm. All proceeds go to benefit Emporia and this year’s funds will go towards adding more brackets to the downtown light poles so that we can make room for even more Veteran’s Banners! Wanted a banner but didn’t get one in time? This is your chance to help ensure the funds are raised so that we can add more banners next year!
Join us Sunday, November 9th for the FreedomFest Run/Walk/Bike & Obstacle Course
Run or walk in the 5k or ride in the 35 mile or 15 mile Bike race! This year there will be a new team event called the Tanker Tough! Click the link below for more information