Festus, Missouri Ramps Up for Eclipse

FESTUS, Mo. -- One of the larger communities right in the path of the total eclipse is Festus in Jefferson County, Missouri and that community is making big plans for this once in a lifetime event.

Burch sports and novelties is the eclipse t-shirt headquarters in Festus. They're selling all sizes and sharp looking designs, according to them.

"I've seen some of the others out there, I kinda like ours. I like the one that has orange on it, it pops," says Mike Burch with Burch Sports and Novelties.

A flood of eclipse gazers is expected to fill west city park where the fun begins friday. The weekend will feature live music, demonstrations, a petting zoo and lots of port-a-potties.

"It's going to be a great weekend and a fun day, it's something that hasn't happened before and it won't  happen again so we're going to mnake the most of it," says Barb Lowry with the City of Festus.

And police are preparing by positioning officers all over town, says Police Chief Tim Lewis.  "We're expecting a pretty heavy traffic flow and if that happens we don't want to be stuck on one side of town  or the other so we're going to have offi8cers established all over town to answer calls in those certain areas."

Barb Lowry with the City of Festus is advising everyone to hit the road early for the eclipse, especially if you're one of those who are traveling from far away.

"I've heard from people from Wisconsin, I've heard from people from California, I heard this morning from someone from Louisiana, last week it was someone from Texas."

Not only does Festus have eclipse fashion and fun planned for next Monday, but a local microbrewery has come out with a special release beer for the eclipse.

(KMOV for CBS News)

 


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