Every first Saturday in May, Kentucky is home to the most exciting two minutes in sports. On August 21, the state will be home to the most exciting two minutes in astronomy…two minutes and 40 seconds to be exact.
Hopkinsville, Kentucky will be the epicenter of the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the United States in 99 years. For a town of just over 30,000 people, it’s a really big deal.
Dubbed "Eclipseville,” at least 50,000 visitors from around the globe are expected to descend on Hopkinsville. Local parks will become campsites. The National Guard will mobilize for crowd control. Schools will close.
Jonell Edwards has lived in Hopkinsville since 1953 and has never seen her hometown this excited about anything.
"People from overseas are coming. I think everything is going to be crowded," stated Edwards. "It’s only going to last a few minutes, but everybody’s coming to see it.”