Idaho Falls and Museum of Idaho roll out red carpet for eclipse enthusiasts

We’ll have a pretty good experience in Cache Valley but one of the things cities such as Lincoln, Nebraska, Casper, Wyoming, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Idaho Falls, Idaho all have in common is that they are in the path of totality when it comes to the historic total eclipse coming Monday, August 21st.

On KVNU’s For the People program on Tuesday, Deborah Chessey, Director of Marketing for the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls, told Jason Williams they’re getting really excited.

“Oh yes, it is something this entire community…we’re just kind of overwhelmed. It’s going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we’re expecting a lot of people,” said Chessey.

Those people include officials from NASA who will take part in a Speaker & Film Series beginning August 18th at the Colonial Theater in Idaho Falls.

“They want to come to the area to watch this experience. The way they have described the eclipse to us is that it’s like the difference between totality and a 98 percent eclipse is like being 98 percent dead and totally dead,” Chessey explained. “And so they reached out to us. There’s a lot of very valuable scientific information that they’re going to be gathering while they’re here.”

She said city officials and people at the museum have been preparing for this event for some time but they don’t know just how many people will be in town. She said you may want to gas up before you drive up.

“I guess if there was anything that we would want people from out of the area to know is in Idaho Falls, for example, we’re a community of about 60,000 people and with the population flowing to perhaps, who knows? One of the numbers we’re being told is up to 500,000, and one of the concerns is that our city would run out of gasoline,” explained Chessey.

You can get more information about the museum’s events at <a href=”http://www.MuseumofIdaho.org” target=”_blank”>www.MuseumofIdaho.org</a>.

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