2021 Freedom Fest a Smashing Success!

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What an amazing year for all who were able to attending virtual or the on-site traditional events Saturday November 6th at The All Veterans Memorial Park and Soden's Grove Park.  It was a packed house with two full flights for the Dynamic Disc Freedom Fest Open and over 150 riders, runners, walkers and warriors competing in our many events.  Off-site (Virtual) we had overseas, out of state and across Kansas participants!

Great weather and great food also led to a great crowd who enjoyed our newest food vendor Georges BBQ, the always popular displays and M1A2 Tank, climbing wall from the Soldiers at the Kansas Army National Guard.   We were able to recognize eight Will to Win Spur Challenge Champions, the top Male and Female Murph Challenge Warriors and close the day out with 101st ABN WW2 Reenactors "Battle of Soden's Grove Bridge" who were spectacular in recreating an allied assault on a Nazi controlled bridge.

Upcoming Donations

We are working this week to tally our expenses, check our math and prepare the charitable donations to the Emporia All Veterans Memorial and the 137th/635th Veterans Scholarship Fund.

Thank You!

Thanks to the many sponsors, vendors, volunteers and participants who made this by far the very best Emporia Freedom Fest to date.

Results for Timed Events

Please see the timed results button for individual times courtesy of the outstanding Timer Guys."   We will post the Spur Challenge information and an updated Order of the Spur Scroll later this week. 

Results for Dynamic Disc Freedom Fest Open

Visit Emporia's own Dynamic Discs and event host at the following link to get the flight results and some great shots our disc golf players.

2021 Freedom Fest Open presented by Dynamic Discs - Noon Round (2021, Dynamic Discs) · Disc Golf Scene

Virtual Events:

We are still live with our Virtual Events!  Deadline to complete your event is Veterans Day (11/11/21).



If you completed a virtual challenge event or were unable to pick up your event SWAG BAG we ask you stop by the Emporia Main Street Office this week to collect some great items.  Out of county participants we will mail you your bags this week as well.

Stay in Touch and Mark Your Calendar! 

Keep following our @emporiafreedomfest page on Facebook for the latest Virtual Events Updates and news.  Mark your calendars for the 19th Emporia Freedom Fest 2022.  Registration opens 7/1/2022.  Virtual Events begin on Patriots Day 9/11/22 and our Traditional On-site Events will be held November 5, 2022!

Heroes Gallery

We would be honored to share a picture here of your service member heroe.  Please share with us a photo with rank, name and branch of your Service Member Heroe! Send to emporiafreedomfest@gmail.com


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Dynamic Disc  Freedom Open


Registration is live!

 Event will be same location, same special course just a different day!  We look forward to seeing all of you again as well as several newcomers to this once a year only course.  This non-sanctioned fundraiser event supports Veterans and their families as well as celebrates Emporia as the founding city of Veterans Day.

Pick one of two rounds to play.  A player may sign up for multiple times. Come play Soden's Grove - designed by Eric McCabe. 

nine-hole course x 2 


LCSB 5K/10K Freedom Run/Walk/Stroll


9:15 LINE UP


Our Lyon County State Bank 19th Annual 5K or 10K is our most popular and longest-lasting event.  The route is great for all ability levels and covers pavement, dirt, and gravel.


Virtual and on-site options are available. Early registration goes live 1 July - must register before 01 October to ensure T-shirt availability.

Virtual challenge runs from September 11 to November 11. 


Sgt Timmerman and GEN Eisenhower  Freedom Rides


8:45 line Up

9:00 Depart

Enjoy a quick 16-mile or a more challenging 50-mile gravel grinder through the Flint Hills, South of the All Veterans Memorial.

Virtual and on-site options are available.  Early registration begins July 1st.  Must register by October 1st for T-shirt option.

Virtual Challenge is from September 11 to November 11.


EANGKS  12 Miler
Ruckmarch / Run


9:15 Line up

9:30 Depart

13:30 Awards Ceremony for Ruckmasters

Distance athletes and ruck marchers, this is for you!  Run, Ruck, or Walk our 12-mile route!  Pick your route or use one of ours! Great preparation for those competing in competitive Ruck and Run events.  Complete the Heavy Ruck March category in under 3 hours to be a "Ruck-Master!"


Sponsored by the Enlisted Association of the Kansas National Guard. 


Emporia Main Street Military Care Package Drive


Join us in donating items or postage to deliver care packages to our Service members serving overseas this holiday season.

Visit the site to learn how to drop off your items or make a cash donation to ensure we take care of everyone from our region who is serving far from home.

Visit our Care Package site to learn more and donate at:



Murph Challenge


Check-in: 8:30 am

Competition Starts: 9am

Awards Ceremony; 12 pm


Individual or "Divide and Conquer Team Event!" For all into Cross Fit and fun workouts that challenge you!  This Hero Workout is the most famous of all "Hero WOD"' and honors Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Michael P. Murphy USN SEAL.


"Will to Win"
Warrior Spur Challenge


Check-in: 8:30 am

Competition: 9:30-2:00 pm

Awards/Induction Ceremony: 1:30 pm


We are back!  Our premier event is the Will To Win Warrior Spur Challenge which brings together all the major events that Emporia is known for!  Start your training now to earn the coveted Silver Spur and become an honorary member of the 1-635th Armor Order of the Spur.


Recognize Your Hero!...

This great series of events is a terrific fundraiser and a wonderful opportunity to say thank you.

Let us honor your military hero.  Please send us a photo and a short descriptive paragraph about your hero for our Hall of Heroes page for Freedom Fest (soon to be released.)



Challenge Coins and Medals

Incredibe & Edible Medal!

Annual Competitor Challenge Coin!

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Your medal will be from our world famous chocolate cafe and sweets maker The Sweet Granada!  You can eat or save it -

your choice!

Event Shirt
Included with all registrations.
Must register by 10/1/21

All finishers receive an event shirt.  Veterans will have "Veteran" image on the back of the shirt as well.

 Our rotating Service theme is the United States Army this year!

Trophies & Gift Certs

Spurs for Spur Challenge

We will have a drawing for three custom tank trophies per event and numerous Emporia Main Street Gift Certificates courtesy of

Flint Hills Tech College &

 Lyon County State Bank.