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Franklin's plans for the big eclipse

The Town of Franklin lies within the path of totality in North Carolina. To celebrate, Franklin plans a downtown block party with free events for all ages. (Photo credit: Pixabay)

On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see one of nature's most awe-inspiring spectacles, a total eclipse of the Sun.

“The interest is tremendous. Our staff has fielded calls and emails from people as close as Asheville and as far away as Germany. This is truly going to be a historic event for Franklin and we’re expecting loads of people to join us," said Mayor Bob Scott.

The Town of Franklin lies within the path of totality in North Carolina. To celebrate, Franklin plans a downtown block party with free events for all ages.

The Town’s celebration begins at 1 p.m. just before the Moon starts passing between the Earth and Sun.

“It will definitely be an exciting day for Franklin and we have quite a celebration planned for the total eclipse,” said Summer Woodard, Franklin's town manager.

The Solar Eclipse Block Party in front of Town Hall will have a solar viewing station equipped with EclipSmart binoculars. The board room on the lower level of Town Hall will serve as a viewing station, and will host a live, four-hour video feed from NASA.

Totality will last two minutes and 35 seconds in Franklin, and will begin in Franklin at 2:35 p.m.

What can you expect during the eclipse?

“The temperatures will cool, it will get as dark as twilight and you will be able to see the Sun’s corona and perhaps even see stars,” said Mayor Scott.

At 3 p.m., after the excitement of totality, there will be a concert at the Gazebo on the Square featuring Last 5 Standing from Atlanta, Georgia.

For the kids, there's a slip n’ slide and other inflatables nearby on Iotla Street.

All events planned for the Total Eclipse Block Party are free, and there is no charge for Town of Franklin parking.

Giveaways are also part of Franklin's Total Solar Eclipse Block Party, and they'll begin at 1 p.m. at the information tent near the Gazebo on the Square.

“We’ll be giving away 1000 pair of souvenir eclipse viewing glasses,” Scott said. “These glasses are certified safe to view the eclipse during all stages of the event.”

Viewing safety is of utmost importance and you’re encouraged to use safe devices to view the total solar eclipse. “Go to www.TownofFranklinNC.com for eclipse viewing safety information,” Scott said.

The first 100 people at the event will receive an RC Cola in a glass bottle--and a Moon Pie.

The town will also be giving away two pair of EclipSmart binoculars.

Franklin will have a limited supply of eclipse t-shirts and other memorabilia for sale, Woodard said.

Franklin’s Total Eclipse Block Party will be held rain or shine.

If you would like additional information, you can call 828-524-2516 or click here.

You can also follow the event on Facebook here or on Twitter at @EclipseFNC235.

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