Spring City gears up for Eclipse visitors

Dead center of the eclipse path, Spring City will have 2 minutes 39 seconds of totality. (Photo Submitted)

The Town of Spring City is hosting a weekend full of events to celebrate the upcoming total solar eclipse that will occur Monday, August 21.

Dead center of the eclipse path, Spring City will have 2 minutes 39 seconds of totality.

Whether you want to view the eclipse from a mountaintop, on the lake, or at one of Spring City’s two scenic parks, you are bound to come away with a sight you won’t be soon to forget.

The festivities kick off Saturday, August 19 at 10:00 AM in Veteran’s Park and will last until 5:00 PM.  The park will have craft, food, and other types of vendors as well as a kid’s play area.  Admission is free.

Later that day, in Nature Park, the city will host a day of concerts that will begin at 2:00 PM and lasts until dark.

Tickets for the whole day are $15.00 per person or, if you would like, you can bundle the ticket along with a commemorative eclipse t-shirt and two commemorative eclipse glasses for $30.00 per person.

Concert lineup is:

Mt. Leconte Jug Band             2:00 PM
Barron Wilson                         3:30 PM
Kinslee Melhorn                      4:45 PM
Johno Clayton                         6:00 PM
Fairview Union                        7:30 PM

The festival continues Sunday with a community-wide church service at Veteran’s Park 10:00 AM, Eclipse Scavenger Hunt at 2:00 PM, and then finally a sock hop sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Theatre at 7:00 PM.

The main event happens Monday, August 21.  The city will open their two parks to visitors to view the eclipse.  The solar eclipse will start at 1:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM with total darkness happening at 2:30 PM.

The Smoky Mountain Model A Club and the Smoky Mountain Classic Thunderbird Club will have about fifty of their classic cars on display in Nature Park for the day.  Food vendors will be available at both parks.

In an effort to help visitors navigate around town, there will be designated parking areas for buses, handicap, and the general public located throughout the city.  Please visit the city’s website at www.townofspringcitytn.com to view a map of these areas.

The city is accepting vendor applications for the festival for both Saturday (19) and Monday (21) as well as sponsors for the event.  Vendor and sponsor information can also be found at the website.

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