The dust is now settling from all those riders from UNBOUND Gravel. We are so thankful that we were in a position to have the event and once again show the world why Emporia is such a premier community! The attention on our community has been extraordinary and has given us the largest media presence to date with over 200 media mentions thus far. That means over 200 unique articles, radio interviews, podcasts, and even tv coverage (with more still to come)! It’s exciting to say the least, and firmly cements Emporia as the gravel grinding capital of the world and the epicenter of gravel cycling adventures.

With DDO and UNBOUND Gravel now in the books, there are two first-time events coming up on Saturday, June 19th, that have us very excited. The first annual Juneteenth celebration will take place at the Eastside Park starting at 11:00 a.m. and will feature live music, food, and community. Later that evening, downtown Emporia will play host to its first-ever Pride Parade at 6:00 p.m., followed by a drag show at 8:00  p.m. at Bourbon Cowboy, 605 Commercial St. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the diversity within our community and continue showing the world that Emporia welcomes all. We have no doubt these will become two staple events and will continue to grow in the years to come.

~~LeLan Dains, Visit Emporia Director