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Emporia lands 2016 Shrine Bowl, related activities

The Kansas Shrine Bowl is returning to Emporia.

Interim Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Susan Rathke announced Emporia will host the event in July 2016 during KVOE's Morning Show on Tuesday.

Rathke says the competition is getting more intense to host the football game and related events.

Emporia last hosted the Shrine Bowl in 2012. The city has hosted the event four times, all since 1998.

In addition to the football game, which brings the best high school seniors to town, and a football combine, a parade, cheer camp, cross country camp and honors band camp will be held. There will also be a banquet, and players will visit with young Shrine Hospital patients. All the activities raise money for Shrine hospitals so children suffering from major medical issues can receive care free of charge.

Last year's game was hosted in Topeka. Pittsburg is hosting this year's activities.

For more information, go online to www.emporiakschamber.org or www.kansasshrinebowl.com.

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