Emporia Celebrates 3rd Annual Twinkies Festival!

EMPORIA, KAN. – You may have heard . . . there is something sweet on the horizon!  We are only a few days away from the 3rd Annual Twinkies Festival!

Hostess Brands LLC is a proud partner with the Twinkie Festival.  The Twinkies Festival will take place in Emporia on Saturday, July 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We invite you to help Emporia celebrate the sugary confections that are made at the Hostess Brands, LLC flagship production facility.  The event will be held in the west parking lot of the Flinthills Mall (across from Hostess Brands, LLC.)  New to this year’s event is a 5K run that will take place at 7:30 a.m. before the general activities.  Join in the Twinkie eating challenge; costume contest and the recipe contest.  Make an item that includes Twinkies in the recipe, and bring the item for judges to taste along with the recipe.  You can even get your picture taken with Twinkie the Kid!  The days activities include:

7:00 a.m.     Twinkies Festival 5K registration

7:30 a.m.     Twinkies Festival 5K Run/Walk

9:00 a.m.     Twinkie the Kid Arrives

9:05 a.m.     WELCOME & 5K winner announcements/awards
9:15 a.m.     All Contest Check in and Registrations

9:30 a.m.     Twinkie Recipe Contest Judging

9:45 a.m.     Twinkie Costume Contest

10:30 a.m.   Twinkie Eating Contest (Youth Division and Adult Division)

11:45 a.m.   Award Ceremony

Other activities to enjoy are:

Art Council Art Mobile – Face Painting
Twinkie Toss

Pictures with the Hostess Cake Characters

Deep Fried Twinkies

Freddy’s Frozen Custard

And much more to enjoy!

The links below provides you with the registration forms for all the contests, and the event Facebook page:



The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization of 450 area businesses that join forces to accomplish collectively what no one business could do individually. The mission of the Chamber is to be proactive in creating an environment for business and community success. The organization is currently focusing on business advocacy and development, and leadership and membership development.