CORONAVIRUS: Sept. 10-13 to be busy with blended Dirty Kanza/Great American Market, first ESU home football game among events Featured

CORONAVIRUS: Sept. 10-13 to be busy with blended Dirty Kanza/Great American Market, first ESU home football game among events KVOE News file photo

Organizers of the Dirty Kanza say frequent conversations with health officials, emergency management directors and city and county leaders led to Sunday's decision to postpone the races and all related activities to September.


Operations manager LeLan Dains joined KVOE's 7:05 am newscast Monday to offer more details about the postponement.

The main race day will be Sept. 12, the same day as Emporia Main Street's Great American Market, and the extended weekend will also see the opening of DK activities coinciding with Emporia State University's football home opener Sept. 10. Dains and Main Street Director Casey Woods both say conversations are underway on how best to blend those events, and Dains says the decision on the date was much harder than the decision to postpone. Woods, for his part, says this will combine two of Emporia's biggest events.

Riders have the option of participating with the new schedule, deferring to the 2021 event at no extra cost or receiving a refund if they file for repayment by May 15. The series of races were on track to bring nearly 4,000 riders from around the world to Emporia to participate, and Dains says there is no way of knowing exactly how many riders will take part this year -- or, for that matter, vendors in the DK Expo.

Lodging questions may be answered to some degree this week. Emporia State University normally opens up dorm rooms to accommodate riders, but those could well be full if the fall semester is underway. Dains is hoping for an answer by the end of this week.

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