Plans develop for eclipse 2017

POLK COUNTY — It’s more than a year away, but everyone from hoteliers to campground hosts, wineries to chambers of commerce and city halls are getting ready for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.

The entire county will be in the path of totality, which stretches about 63 miles wide.

“This will be the first total solar eclipse seen in the U.S. in 26 years, and the first seen in the contiguous U.S. in 38 years,” said Dave Clark, of “It will also be the first total eclipse to travel across the U.S. from coast to coast since 1918, and the first total eclipse seen only in the U.S. since the nation’s founding in 1776.”

Hotels have been sold out for years for the weekend, and wineries are planning special campouts in their vineyards.

Between now and Aug. 21, 2017, the Itemizer-Observer will feature more stories about the eclipse and how the county is preparing for the event and influx of visitors.

What are your plans for the eclipse? Are you hosting an event? Let us know at

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