So the question is; Where will you be on August 21st, 2017? If you are keeping up with your astronomy or you live in and around Kentucky then you know the answer is; Hopkinsville Kentucky! Why? On Monday August 21st, 2017 there is going to be a total solar eclipse and the path of the eclipse goes right through surrounding areas of Hopkinsville Kentucky.
A total solar eclipse is when the Moon passes between the path of the Sun and Earth. This will block direct sunlight from the Sun turning daylight into darkness. The last solar eclipse seen from the main land of the United States was in 1979. There was another total solar eclipse in 1991 that passed over Hawaii and parts of Mexico. Discover Magazine wrote an article stating that the ’91 solar eclipse would be the best anyone would see from the United States until the next total solar eclipse in 2017. The longest duration of the 2017 eclipse will be 2 minutes and 40 seconds in a spot right outside of Hopkinsville!
“Why does Burdoc Farms care?” you might ask. Because it just so happens that we are very very close to that solar eclipse path and the duration of the eclipse from our farm will be 2minutes and 37 seconds! And, we love and enjoy observing nature so much that we thought, “why not have a celebration?”. We know this is about five years away people finish high school, go to college, get new jobs, get married and have children in five years. But, it’s never too early to start dreaming and making a few plans.
Of course, our cabin rentals will be available for this event to whomever makes their reservation first. But, we have also cleared some land so that we can start building one (maybe two) glamping stations. You heard that right, glamping! We are considering building structures on stilts that have netting and canopy walls but have beds and a bathroom complete with a small kitchenette that can accomadate up to 6 people each. It’s camping but with a more high class feel!
Other things we are considering; RV campgrounds for all those interested. And, for the day of the eclipse, a celebration! We are talking a concert on the stage in The Leanin’ Barn, group nature trail walks, bouncy houses and food trucks. We are getting very excited and might have a few things in the works. If you are interested in joining in on the fun or have any suggestions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hopkinsville Visitor’s Bureau:
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NBC News Article: