Wild Bill Hickok and Major General George A. Custer once roamed the streets of Junction City, which is at the exact point where the Republican and Smokey Hill rivers combine to form the mouth of the Kansas River. It is situated in the Flint Hills, an area that also preserves the continent's largest remaining tracts of tall grass. The North Central Kansas community has been prime hunting and fishing territory from way back, and today is known as the fishing capital of Kansas. Also an important part of the community's identity is Fort Riley, which began as a military post to protect emigrants along the Oregon and Santa Fe trails in the 1850s; it is now home to the 1st Infantry Division. Junction City event venues make good use of all its history.
Air access into Junction City can come in four different ways. Corporate planes can land at Junction City's Freeman Field. Commercial air service to and from Chicago and Dallas is available at Manhattan Regional Airport, about 20 miles away. And both Wichita Mid-Continent Airport and Kansas City International Airport are about 130 miles away. Airport shuttle service is available to and from the Kansas City Airport. Taxis and car rentals are available at the Manhattan Airport.
Chief among convention venues in Junction City is the 16,000-square-foot Geary County Convention Center, which includes a 12,000-square-foot ballroom that is divisible by six; plus seven additional meeting rooms and a board room. The ballroom can seat 1,200 for a meeting and 800 for a banquet. There is also a courtyard that can handle receptions of up to 500 and in the nearby Courtyard Cafe there is seating for 50 people. The convention center has a full complement of high-tech audio-visual resources, including high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi. Two other Junction City conference venues are the 500-seat Municipal Auditorium; and the Geary County Historical Museum, which has a meeting room that can seat 199 for a meeting.
Hotel venues in Junction City include the 119-room Courtyard Marriott, which is attached to the convention center. The other meeting hotel in Junction City is the 82-room Hampton Inn, which has space to handle a meeting for 75 people.
Among the most popular locations for special events is the C.L. Hoover Opera House, which was built in 1881 and renovated in 2008 to become the area’s premier performing arts venue. The main theater can seat 425 people and the rehearsal hall has a capacity of 125 people in theater-style seating and 90 in rounds for a banquet. At Munson Angus Farms, originally homesteaded in 1869, groups of up to 150 people can be seated for a banquet indoors. Special events typically include a steak dinner featuring the farm’s own premium beef, but can also include carriage rides pulled by a team of black Percheron draft horses. For a completely different ambience, a casual event for up to 200 can take over the raised deck beer garden area of Rathert Stadium, home to Junction City's semi-pro baseball team in the summer.
Being a military town, Junction City has a diverse population and its restaurants reflect that. La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, which is known for its energetic and friendly staff, is within walking distance of the convention center; Peking Restaurant is a group-friendly, family-owned, authentic Chinese restaurant; TymeOut Steak House is known for its lively atmosphere and excellent service; Kite's Grille & Bar is a sports bar located in the Historic Bartell Hotel in the historic downtown district; and Stacy's Restaurant is a small, family-run restaurant for breakfast and lunch, known for its homemade pie made daily.