The S.C. State Fairgrounds is offering a tailgate party during the Aug. 21 total eclipse.
In addition to the views, the Total Eclipse Tailgate will offer parking, entertainment, food concessions, and a limited number of Eclipse Safe Viewing glasses from the city of Columbia, fair officials said in a news release Tuesday.
Visitors can purchase advance single-day parking spots for cars, buses, and RVs in the fairgrounds parking lot, which will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 21. A limited number of parking spots will be available for purchase the day of the event at the entry gates. Additionally, extended-visit RV parking will be offered adjacent to the fairgrounds Aug. 19-22 and will include one RV pass, one car pass, water and electricity.
The Aug. 21 eclipse will be the United States’ first total solar eclipse since 1979. Columbia will experience 2 minutes and 36 seconds of totality, beginning shortly after 2:30 p.m. The area will have one of the longest periods in the nation for seeing the sun completely eclipsed.
The S.C. State Fair is located at Rosewood Drive and George Rogers Boulevard across from Williams-Brice Stadium.