Spring City, TN is the perfect place to watch the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.
This will mark the first time since 1970 a total solar eclipse will be visible from the southeastern United States.
Spring City is in the path of totality, meaning the moon will completely block out the sun, having 2 minutes and 39 seconds of totality. For reference, the longest duration of totality lasts only 2 minutes and 41.6 seconds near Carbondale, Illinois.
The fact that Spring City has the longest duration of totality in the area not only makes it a prime destination for residents of Rhea County, but also for people of surrounding areas.
Spring City officials are hopeful this event will bring in a lot of tourism to the area. Preparation for the event is already underway and city officials have even created their own eclipse planning committee, headed by City Manager Stephania Motes.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we plan to make the most of it,” she said. “The best we can determine, the last total eclipse in Spring City was in 1506.”
The committee has begun planning for events built around the eclipse.
“We want to put out a big welcome mat in Spring City. We plan to have special events and activities for the weekend and the following Monday when the eclipse will occur. One major event will be a festival at Veteran’s Park. The park will be one of the town’s designated viewing sites. We also will have special event on the lake. We want to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase to our guests the natural beauty of our mountains and waterways,” Motes said.