Hopkinsville businesses getting ready for thousands of tourists for solar eclipse
Businesses are making sure they've ordered enough food and products to keep up with the crowds.
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- People from around the world will be in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. for the Total Solar Eclipse, but there's still time to book viewing locations.
Hopkinsville will be a hopping place on Aug. 21, where you'll get one of the best views of the eclipse in totality.
"The point of greatest eclipse is certainly an honor that NASA designated us," Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks said.
Businesses are ready. One changed its sign to "Total Eclipse of the Arts."
"Nearly everyone I speak to has someone coming to stay with them for the weekend," Hendricks said.
Businesses are also making sure they have enough food and products ordered to keep up with the crowds.
Hendricks says, "They're sprucing up around their residences, around their businesses, just rolling out the red carpet and show some Hopkinsville hospitality," Hendricks said.
Hendricks said people from all over the world will be coming from 18 different countries and 43 U.S. states.
"If we have 150,000 people here on Aug. 21, our resources won't quite match that crowd," he said. "So we'll see a little bit of traffic and congestion."
Expected guests include Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, NASA scientists and a visit from the Vatican.
"The Vatican's lead scientist ... he'll be coming in and doing a lecture series at St. Peter and Paul Church," Hendricks said.
Brother Guy Consolmagno will speak from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 20.
Truly, it's one of those once in a lifetime experiences for Hopkinsville that we're going to shine in the darkness of the Total Solar Eclipse and really showcase all of western Kentucky to an international audience," Hendricks said.
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