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Richmond and Wayne County planning for thousands of visitors to see next year’s solar eclipse

By Bill Rinehart, IPB News | Published on in Education, Entertainment, Science, Statewide News
A total solar eclipse is seen on Monday, August 21, 2017 above Madras, Oregon. A total solar eclipse swept across a narrow portion of the contiguous United States from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. A partial solar eclipse was visible across the entire North American continent along with parts of South America, Africa, and Europe. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

In less than a year, a solar eclipse will be visible for part of the country. Richmond (and most of the IPR listening area) is in the path of totality, and the community has been planning for an influx of visitors since last October.

Nancy Sartain  with the Richmond-Wayne County Regional Tourism Bureau says it should be a big event. Sartain says the county is in the process of setting up viewing sites, like nearby airports and golf courses, and looking to rent port-a-potties for the crowds.

Sartain says they’ll be targeting their advertising in Cincinnati and southern Ohio, eastern Kentucky, Pittsburgh, and northern Michigan.

The eclipse is April 8.