Published on : Thursday, July 20, 2017
Nebraska is bracing up to be a prime spot to see a once in a lifetime disappearing light show. Alex Duryea from the Nebraska Tourism Commission said, “I’ve seen numbers of influxes of up to 500,000 people into the state for this event.”
That means the solar eclipse which will cast its shadow as it moves across Nebraska on Aug. 21 is expected to attract visitors and tourism dollars.
Kevin Howard, director of the Alliance Visitors Bureau said, “Welcome to Carhenge. We’re busy getting ready for the eclipse this summer.” Walker Zulinsky, director of NGage, an economic-development organization in Gage County said, “Beatrice is the place to be to watch the eclipse.” Beatrice will be in darkness for 2:35 minutes.
Visitors from as far away as Japan, England, Germany and Israel are expected to drop in Beatrice for watching this rare celestial phenomenon. All the hotels in Beatrice are full. However, efforts are on to accommodate all tourists. Businesses throughout the city have painted their windows to welcome solar eclipse followers.
Beatrice businesses are also providing free shuttle services from the Gage County Fairgrounds to the national park. Crowds of up to 30,000 are expected in the area and they could be from all around the world.