Falls City eclipse event approved

FALLS CITY — Solar eclipse viewers now have an option of camping in Falls City’s Upper Park and joining in a Great American Eclipse breakfast and viewing party on Aug. 21.

Camping, which would be available from Aug. 19 through Aug. 21, and the viewing event are hosted by The Boondocks restaurant in Falls City.

The Falls City City Council approved an application Thursday allowing camping for about 150 people in the city park and closing a portion of North Main Street near the restaurant Aug. 21 from 6 a.m. to noon.

The owner of Frink’s General Store, Kirby Frink, said he didn’t approve of the street closure, saying it would affect his business on what could be the busiest day of the year.

Event organizer and The Boondocks co-owner Laura Britton said the closure would not block customers from going to the store.

“I really don’t think it’s that big of a deal. I really don’t think there’s going to be that many people on the road from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.,” said Mayor Terry Ungricht of the street closure.

Councilor Lori Jean Sickles, also the co-owner of The Boondocks, didn’t vote on the application.

Councilor Dennis Sickles, Lori Jean’s brother, declared his relationship to the restaurant owners, but voted yes.

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