As Perry County prepares for the Great American Eclipse and its’ two minutes and forty seconds of totality an entire weekend of science and fun-filled related events have emerged for the enjoyment of local residents and eclipse enthusiasts that will travel nationally and internationally to Perry County for the first total solar eclipse of its kind in Missouri.
The Perryville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that they will host the Perryville Solarfest, August 18-19, 2017 a two-day festival including a parade, live music, carnival, vendors and much more. Area businesses are jumping on board including such attractions as The Sky Dome mobile planetarium brought to you by Coldwell Banker Professional Associates that will guide you on a Missouri night sky tour and TG Missouri will be sponsoring a Perryville Mudfest obstacle course on
Super Solar Sunday August 20th emphasizing the need for a clean planet. Perry County Commissioners will also be unveiling a newly designed sundial on their courthouse lawn commemorating the 2017 Great American Eclipse and rededicating their historically renovated 1904 county courthouse. Perry County will also be promoting their cultural sites and natural areas for eclipse guest for both day time and night time events.
When Perryville’s hotel rooms are at capacity the Perry County Heritage Tourism has acquired St. Louis services coordinating area St. Louis hotels with coach bus services to transport eclipse travelers to Perry County designated locations. Additional self-contained and rustic camping locations are being developed throughout Perry County to handle camping overflow needs.
Monday, August 21 Perryville will have several public viewing areas utilizing some of their city parks and picnic grounds. Other viewing areas participating are wineries, bed and breakfast establishments, and local school campuses. Visiting eclipse enthusiasts and/or science professionals are planning special events such as high altitude balloon launches, gyroplane coupled with live streaming equipment, astrophotography, eclipse observations such as to attempt to measure the distortion of spacetime around the sun, HAM radio waves effect during a solar eclipse, etc.
The Perryville Regional Airport located in the Bois Brule Bottoms of Perry County will entertain aviation enthusiasts from near and far as they gather to experience one of the most unique fly-in events of their life time. With a 7,000 ft. by 100 ft. concrete runway this mighty rural airport sitting next to the mighty Mississippi River has the ability to welcome and service a multitude of aircrafts making it a premier eclipse destination.
Perry County’s Eclipse Taskforce has been planning for this celestial event since September 2015 and the next year will fly like the speed of light. Perry County is preparing to welcome 20,000+ visitors possibly doubling their county’s population that day but their attention is on creating a wonderfully amazing eclipse experience for both its local residents and eclipse guests because it all about the totality and it will be something no one will ever forget.