INDEPENDENCE — The website is live. Independence is ready to go dark on Aug. 21 for the Great American Eclipse.
The five-day festival is planned to celebrate the eclipse, and will happen in Riverview Park.
On the website, visitors — or residents — may book campsites and buy tickets to a beer fest on Saturday, or wine tastings on Friday. Souvenir glasses will be available for both events.
The five-day festival kicks off Thursday, Aug. 17 with River’s Edge movie in the park. The film will be free, and promises to be space-themed.
Friday, enjoy wine tastings from local vineyards from 4 to 8 p.m., topped with an Aerosmith tribute band, Aeromyth Pumped.
Saturday will be a food truck festival and beer fest, along with live concerts throughout the day and kids activities.
Sunday continues with yoga in Riverview Park or a bike ride through Polk County, along with more live music, food trucks and entertainment.
Monday morning will include breakfast in the park, a presentation by a professor from Western Oregon University on why total solar eclipses are so rare, and the eclipse itself. Live music will follow.
For more information on the events planned, or to sponsor the event: Independencegoesdark.com.