Hopkinsville, Ky (WDRB) -- With little more than 30,000 people for it’s total population, Hopkinsville is preparing for what is likely the largest influx of people the city has ever seen.

“When you pull off an event of their magnitude, one or two things you would do differently next time but nothing of significance,” Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks said.

On Saturday, booths and tents lined the streets of downtown as locals prepared to welcome those who are making the trek to witness the solar eclipse. 

“Its a hole in the wall place, small town, small town vibe,” Amanda Jones, of Hopkinsville, said. “So I just never thought we would be known throughout the whole world now.”

Saturday though, was just a small sampling of whats to come. 

“I don’t think, until we got closer, we realized the magnitude of this thing,” said Kelly Wallace of Hopkinsville. “They keep saying it’s like we hit the lottery and its like yeah, I guess we have.”

Fresh paint and signs stand ready to welcome visitors from all over the world. 

“This little towns never seen anything like this before,” Brandy Bailey said. 

While some have planned for a trip to Hopkinsville for as much as a year, others made the snap decision to come. 

“Probably about two months ago I decided I wanted to come,” said Stewart Cook, who lives in California. “I didn’t realize how big of a deal it was.”

WDRB News will bring you updates throughout the event weekend from Hopkinsville.

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