How far would you go to see a total eclipse?
Some people are coming to Columbia for Monday’s big viewing in the path of totality from as far as 8,000 miles to see it.
While the official numbers are still to come, we thought it would be fun to see where visitors booked at some of Columbia’s eclipse events are traveling from. Here’s a sampling.
SC STATE MUSEUM: The museum’s eclipse day event Monday – which is a sellout with 3,040 tickets purchased– is drawing visitors from 23 states and Washington DC, as well as eight countries, marketing director Merritt McNeely previously said. Those countries include the United Kingdom, Italy, Hong Kong, Norway, Sweden, Colombia and the Dominican Republic.
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COLUMBIA FIREFLIES: Monday’s Total Eclipse of the Park is expecting an estimated 9,000-10,000 guests, said Abby Naas, vice president of marketing and public relations for the Fireflies. So far, visitors from at least 34 states, including Washington, Montana and North Dakota, have purchased tickets.
HISTORIC COLUMBIA: Six hundred tickets have been sold, with guests coming from 16 states – including California, Maine, Vermont and Louisiana – and two countries (Israel and the Dominican Republic), according to Anna Kate Twitty, director of marketing and communications. The highest out-of-state visitor count is from North Carolina.
SC STATE FAIRGROUNDS: Roughly 3,000 parking spots and at least 75 RV spots have been reserved, organizers say, with visitors coming from Nova Scotia, Lithuania and Great Britain, along with U.S. states including Delaware, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
SODA CITY ECLIPSE VIEWING FESTIVAL: The event at the Historic Columbia Speedway has visitors from 29 states so far, organizers say, including the entire Eastern seaboard and as far away as California and Oregon.
SALUDA SHOALS PARK: Among three planned weekend events, Sunday’s Summer’s End Solar Run has 184 pre-registered runners, with 48 out-of-staters from 10 states and Washington DC, according to Dolly Patton, Saluda Shoals Foundation director.