Cerulean Unsure what to Expect with Great Eclipse

The Cerulean Spring is probably the only tourist attraction in town Cerulean, Kentucky, and it doesn't draw in thousands of people, but now the few people who do live in town are preparing for the biggest pouring in of visitors they’ve ever seen.

You know, it's a little difficult to plan for something you really don't know anything about. It's a once-in-a-lifetime, so nobody has experience with it,” Cerulean Fire Chief Denise Brashears said.

"Well, I’m excited for one thing, because it's something that's never happened before. I'm also nervous, because how do you handle so many people coming in?” 22-year Cerulean resident Wesileen Starr said.

The waters in the spring are rumored to have healing powers, but that's not the only rumor going around cerulean. The other is that NASA put poles in one of the soybean fields to mark the Great Eclipse's path of totality, which is supposed to last for two minutes and forty seconds in cerulean, the longest time in the country.

A town with a population close to 300 people is expecting thousands of people to flood in.

"I think it's gonna be chaos maybe at one time of the time, because there's gonna be people driving through, and they're gonna look up instead of looking where they're going,” Starr said. "We need help.”

Help comes in the form of the Cerulean Volunteer Fire Department, which will have 15 volunteers on hand Monday, all of whom will have their hands full.

"There’s lots of contingency in place as far as keeping traffic moving,” Brashears said.

Some in Cerulean will rent their land to viewers as the moon passes our solar system's star, but not Wesileen Starr. She'll be blocking off her three acres to have a private viewing for a once in a lifetime event, at least until the next one.

"I might not be here, unless the lord gives me a whole bunch of time,” Starr said.

"You know, we're friendly southern people. We're gonna make the best of it. We're gonna welcome everybody in, and hope everybody has a good time,” Brashears said.


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