FALLS CITY – Falls City expects large, hungry crowds for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.
As of the first of August, over 300 people had purchased tickets for the “dine in the dark” event sponsored by the Falls City Chamber of Commerce. Of those, 250 are from out-of-town. The chamber reports tickets sold out, but a limited number of T-shirts can still be purchased on Aug. 21.
Ticket prices of $20 includes a T-shirt and a seat at a picnic table on Stone Street from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.
With the ticket comes a choice of meal. A and G restaurant offers chicken salad or roast beef sandwiches, while Cakes and Que is serving pulled pork.
The Richardson County Historical Society is also planning a luncheon at the ag building at 14th and Chase. Hot dogs, and chips are served from 11:30 a.m., to 1:30 p.m.
Clow Fit LLC is hosting the “run for totality.” Runners can go one mile, 5K or a half marathon glow run to an eclipse viewing area.
The Falls City Jaycees are offering a viewing site 1.5 miles south of Falls City near Highway 73.
Falls City Elks Lodge is offering from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a parking lot for a viewing area.
The bowling alley is offering special rates for eclipse seekers and the aquatic center will be open 1 to 8 p.m.
On Sunday evening, the Church of the Nazarene sponsors Wissmann Family concert at 7 p.m. at 1812 Wilson Street.
On Monday, the Classic Club 8 golf course is holding a “blind draw” tournament.
There are several others indicators of a large crowds.
Brenner Airport reports 17 airplanes scheduled to land on Sunday or Monday. By Aug. 1, the airport had only six more spots on its ramp for planes. The Vision Inn and Grand Weaver Hotel reported no vacancies on Sunday.
The city is opening up Stanton Lake for tents for $5.
What to know
It’s the first solar eclipse to cross the United States since 1979. The next is in 2024.
Totality at Falls City is 2 minutes, 37 seconds.
Eclipse safe glasses must be worn. Looking at the sun causes severe and permanent eye damage.