Solar Eclipse a Bonus for Corvette Convention in Bowling Green

Jul 10, 2017

Bowling Green, Kentucky is in the path of totality for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.
Credit Western Kentucky University

The stars have aligned for a national organization of Corvette enthusiasts holding its national convention in Bowling Green, Kentucky beginning Aug. 21.

That’s the day of the solar eclipse and Bowling Green is in the prime viewing area.

Bowling Green is the only place the Corvette is made, so car clubs often have conventions in town and the GM Corvette plant is always on the ‘must see’ list.

This year the National Council of Corvette Clubs is holding its annual convention in Bowling Green and it begins on Monday, Aug. 21. That’s a day that’s generating excitement along a stretch of America from Oregon to South Carolina, running right through Bowling Green.

It’s the day of the total solar eclipse. The day will go dark for about one minute, at 1:27 in the afternoon in Bowling Green, as the moon passes between the earth and the sun.

Marissa Butler is a spokeswoman for the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She says it’s just lucky timing for the Corvette group. 

“This is a group that we have, of course, been courting and wanting to hold their annual convention in Bowling Green, being the home of Corvette. They have certainly visited in years past and this is really a coincidence that their dates this year for the convention fell during the eclipse.”

Butler says the Corvette convention is bringing in about 700 people, but hotel rooms in the Bowling Green area are not yet booked up for the eclipse.

State police and other emergency planners are preparing for up to 25,000 visitors pouring into Bowling Green from Interstate 65 to view the eclipse.