BEATRICE – Never has a few seconds of darkness received so much attention, but Beatrice-area officials are gearing up to capitalize on a total solar eclipse, in August of next year.
The Beatrice-area is smack dab in the middle of a pathway where the total eclipse will last the longest…2 minutes, 35 seconds…
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Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce President Lora Young, talking about one of the marketing efforts for the August 21st event. Events are being planned for the Friday night and weekend leading up to the Monday full eclipse.
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Safety will be a key concern, with local officials planning to sell the special glasses that allow people to view the eclipse, without damaging their eyes. Young says the chamber is getting regular inquiries from groups planning to come to the area. She cites one group from Minnesota.
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The Gage County Fairgrounds is being marketed as an area to camp, for those coming to the area for the eclipse. Discussions are underway about holding various events. Gage County Board member Gary Lytle says despite some jokes about the eclipse, there are people who take it very seriously.
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Young says in that instance, there were enough people interested to charter two jets flying across the ocean, to follow an eclipse.
Young says one goal is to emphasize the whole thing as a family event….not just a visit for two minutes of darkness.