The Great Eclipse: Eclipseville

Hopkinsville Set to Become 'Eclipseville'

As we get closer to August 21st, the anticipation for the 'Great Eclipse' continues building. Today, we take a look at Hopkinsville in Christian County, where they're branding themselves as 'Eclipseville'.

The signs of the Great Eclipse can be seen everywhere in Hopkinsville. They can be seen on store front windows, on road signs. And in two-and-a-half weeks, nearly 100,000 people could be in Hopkinsville and Christian County for the event.

Hopkinsville's population is just under 32,000. On August 21st, the population for the city that will be Eclipseville will be much bigger.

"I like stuff like that. I want to see it," said Armiya Hawkins of Hopkinsville.

"I'm 70 years old and I figured I'd try to look at it this time because I won't see it no more," adds Roy Bozell of Hopkinsville.

Hopkinsville will experience up to two minutes and forty seconds of totality. Planners spent up to two years setting up more than 20 events in the weekend before and day of eclipse. Extra cell towers will be brought in to handle the expected social media traffic.

"I think we're in the stage now where people can't believe that the time is already here. They've been already hearing it for 10 years now. They can't  believe that we're days away from this event taking place. This will be the largest event this community's ever seen," says Brooke Jung of Solar Eclipse Hopkinsville 2017.

Organizers are finalizing plans for volunteers and added signs. Businesses like the Hopkinsville Art Guild Gallery, look to capitalize before people look at the sky.

"We have eclipse souvenirs, including this t-shirt that I created with a tie dye image and the 'Little Green Men' on the other side," says Lynn Shepherd of Hopkinsville Art Guild Gallery.

As the clock winds down to that moment of darkness, residents hope those plans, and the weather, go according to plan.

"I hope we're prepared. I think we are," says Shepherd.

"With many people expected to be in Hopkinsville from outside the area, many residents tell us they plan to watch the eclipse from their home.

(This story was originally published on August 4, 2017)


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