Williamston to host Solar Eclipse viewing event – Aug. 21

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Williamston to host Tailgate and Tents
The Town of Williamston, Envision Williamston and the Palmetto Business Association will host a Tailgate & Tents Solar Eclipse Viewing Event in downtown Williamston in August.
The town is directly in the center of the path of a rare solar eclipse that will take place on Aug. 21, 2017 and will see one of the longest viewing times of the total eclipse of any town in the state and country.
In Williamston the partial phase of the eclipse will occur at 1:09:15 pm and total eclipse will start at 2:37:59 pm. Observers in Williamston will see approximately 2 minutes and 36 seconds of total eclipse.
The town’s ballfield area located behind Town Hall will be an official event viewing site for the once in a lifetime solar eclipse. The town is perfectly positioned for people to observe and record the historic event, experts say.
Organizers invite everyone in the area to bring a tailgate tent, chairs, food and drinks and tailgate while enjoying fun activities from 12 noon until 4 p.m. There will be lawn games, music with DJ, fire truck water spray, drawings for prizes,  Ice Cream and Sno-Cone vendors, eclipse information and free Eclipse viewing glasses while they last. There will also be a tent set up for a limited number of people who do not have one.
Area businesses and restaurants are also invited to take part in the event by offering specials leading up to or during the eclipse.
Official Eclipse Times: Partial Eclipse begins at 1:09 p.m.; Total Eclipse begins at 2:37:59 p.m.; Partial Eclipse ends at 4:09 p.m.