De Soto is estimating 30,000 to 40,000 people will visit their town on August 21, the day of the solar eclipse. De Soto sits in the middle of the path of the eclipse where the event is estimated to last 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Business owners are looking forward to the crowds.
Katrina Cordell, owner of Mimi's Resale Shop, told News 4, "We're hoping it brings a lot of attention to us and it does our businesses well."
The Jefferson Square Inn is the only hotel in De Soto and it's ten rooms have been booked for some time.
"It's going to be super busy, hectic. I'm booked for the whole weekend," said manager Paula Herr.
The Arlington Event Center was a hotel built in 1860 for the railroad and has primarily been an event center in recent years. But co-owner Tammy Bordeaux said it was coming out of retirement as a hotel and half of its available rooms are already booked.
Some residents are planning to rent their homes or apartments to out of town eclipse viewers.
Some of those visiting De Soto will be camping. The Amvets Post 48 is preparing its property to be used as an RV park that can accommodate up to 60 RVs and campers.
Amvet Post 48 commander Paul Pouliezos said, "We've been told all the parks are full that's why we came up with the idea of the RV park."
Many of those planning to see the eclipse will stay elsewhere and drive to a viewing location, but it's recommended they leave early or they may end up stuck in traffic during the event.
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