People are coming from all over the country to be in the path of totality when the eclipse happens on Monday, August 21. Hotels are not the only think booked up throughout Missouri and Southern Illinois. Campgrounds are also maxing out at capacity with eclipse viewers.
News 4 went to Jellystone Park in Eureka, next to Six Flags, on Sunday to learn that this campground has 120 sites and all over them are booked the entire weekend through until Monday.
Kathy Jones, the owner of Jellystone Campground, says with all the sites filled there are nearly 450 campers in for the weekend. "We've been completely booked for 3 months. We are at 100% capacity," said Jones.
News 4 spoke with John Friedmann from Burnsville, Minnesota and Rafal Kolendo from Chicago who were camping out for the eclipse.
"It's something that happens once in your life time, if at all, so we decided to make a nice family vacation out of it," said Friedmann.
Totality in Eureka will last for 2 minutes and 14 seconds. It's happening around 1:16 pm on Monday, placing the sun and the eclipse right above the overlook at Jellystone Park
To snag a campsite for this weekend, families had to make their plans way in advance because it booked up quickly.
"Actually we started planning like 6 months ago. I really wanted to see it, and this is one of the best places to see it. Carbondale in Illinois is completely sold out," said Kolendo.
Jellystone Park is playing to the big weekend. They have special eclipse-themed activities for campers, including a watch party on Monday and a time capsule for current campers to write to the future campers, who will watch the total solar eclipse again in this same spot in 2024.
"I think a lot of them plan to write about their families, their hopes, their dreams, where they hope the world is in 2024 when the next eclipse comes," said Jones.
Everything at this campground is Eclipse focused, down to fine details. Yogi Bear will have his "certified solar eclipse glasses" on the whole weekend when he takes pictures with kids.
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