A sponge cake celebration

Emporia is celebrating the return of the Twinkie today with a festival.

The Twinkies Festival starts at 11:00 a.m. and lasts until 1:00 p.m. in the west parking lot of the Flinthills Mall. The arrival of the Twinkies from the plant across town kicks off the festival at 11:00 a.m. The Twinkie eating contest starts at 11:30 a.m. At noon, a song contest followed by a costume contest at 12:30 p.m. The event will wrap up with an awards ceremony.

Guests will get to feast on free Twinkies or even try deep-fried Twinkies. The festival is free and open to the public.

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