Missouri Solar Eclipse

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Missouri Solar Eclipse 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, at 1:11:26 PM (CDT) all of North America will have a solar eclipse.

Zeiler Slide of 2017 Map Best viewied in Boonville Missouri MO

The Moon will cover at least part of the Sun for 2 to 3 hours. Halfway through, anyone within a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a brief total eclipse. The Moon will completely block the Sun’s bright face for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds. Day will turn into night, and (weather permitting) one of nature’s most awesome sights will become visible: the Sun’s shimmering outer atmosphere, or corona.

Lodging information:

*Note: most of the hotels in the area are already booked. For more information, please call the establishment rather than relying on information found online.

Map of Missouri Solar Eclipse best Viewed in Boonville MOA Touch of Claas Bed & Breakfast
807 Main street
660-882-2600

Black Oaks Community and RV Park
1338 Ashley Road
660-882-6420

Comfort Inn
2427 Mid-America Industrial Drive (I-70 Exit 101)
660-882-5317

Days Inn
2401 Pioneer Street (I-70 Exit 103)
660-882-8624

High Street Victorian Bed & Breakfast
519 East High Street
660-882-7107

Holiday Inn Express
2419 Mid-America Industrial Drive (I-70 Exit 101)
660-882-6882

Hotel Frederick
501 High Street (corner of High and Main streets)
660-882-2828

Isle of Capri Casino Hotel
100 Isle of Capri Boulevard
800-843-4753

QT Inn
I-70 and Highway B (I-70 Exit 103)
660-882-3467

RV Express
421 Americana
816-916-3078

Super 8 Motel
420 Americana
660-882-2900

Camping:

Camping within the city limits will be available at:
Kemper Park on Third Street and RV parking along 2nd Street. For more information or to reserve your camping spot, please contact the Boonville Visitor’s Center at (660) 882-3967 or tourism_staff@boonville-mo.org.

Santa Fe Trail Baptist Church, 17752 Boonslick Road
This will be primative camping with no hookups or dumping available. Please see the pdf below for the registration form and more information. Forms may also be picked up and filled out a the Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce, 320 First Street. There will be no charge for using the parking lot, but a love offering would be appreciated. For more information, please cal the church at 660-882-5452 or Pastor Ken 660-998-2660.
Registration Form for the Santa Fe Trail Baptist Church (PDF)

Camping outside the city limits is available at spots within easy driving distance of downtown Boonville.
1) Brady Showgrounds, 24289 Highway 179, Boonville, MO 65233. There are full hook-ups and tent camping spots available. To make reservations, please call Gene Jefferies (636) 359-5896.

2) Cooper County Youth Fairgrounds, 16899 Dunkles Dr Boonville, MO 65233. There are electrical hook ups ($120) and tent camping ($75) available. There will be a 3 night minimum and spots will be first come first serve. For more information, please call the Cooper County Youth Fair at (660) 621-4161.

3) 87 Diner, 19510 Steven Kole Court, Boonville, MO 65233. These spots will be primitive camping with no electrical hook-ups available. These are available on a first come-first serve basis. They WILL NOT be taking reservations.

4) KATY Roundhouse, 1893 KATY Drive, New Franklin, MO 65274. There are electrical and primitive spots available. To make a reservation, please call (660) 848-2232.

Viewing/Parking:

Official viewing areas are being designated around town to help ease congestion of traffic flow during this eclipse. There are additional spaces in town that viewing will be available. These are businesses or the Boonville R-1 School District that are opening up their properties. Some may charge for parking and that will vary from location to location. At this point in time, the viewing areas include:

  1. Jesse Viertel Memorial Airport, 20044 Pearre Lane (I-70 Exit 106)
  2. Kemper Park, Third Street
  3. Riverdell Care Center, 1121 Elevength St. In addition to viewing, they will be offering: viewing glasses for $2, hot dogs for $1.50, nachos for $2, soda for $0.75, or water for $1. Space is available on a first come, first serve basis. Please bring your own chair or blanket.
  4. Boonville R-1 School District, at 4 of their school campuses. Parking spots will be $10 per day at each of these locations. THERE WILL NOT BE GLASSES AVAILABLE AT THESE LOCATIONS.
    A)Central School, 901 Sixth St., (right behind UMB Bank), 100 spots available
    B)David Barton Elementary, 814 Locust St., 115 spots available
    C)Laura Speed Elliot Middle School, 736 Main St., 45 spots available.
    D)Boonville High School, 1 Pirate Dr., concessions will be available.
  5. Open Bible Praise Center, 16991 Highway 87, $10 per car. Lunch will be available for purchase.
  6. Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 322 7th Street, $20 per vehicle.
  7. St. Matthew’s Chapel AME Church, 309 Spruce, $5 per vehicle.

Festivities planned:

The Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Boonville are working to provide activities leading up to the actual eclipse. These activities are in the works and more information about them will be forthcoming as the details are confirmed.

Saturday:

  • Solar Fest at Laura Speed Elliot Middle School, 736 Main St. Dinner available. Live music and a 50/50 raffle. Hosted by the Boonville High School Pirate Baseball Parents.
  • Cooper Lodge #36, Neighbors Helping Neighbors Benefit, 717 Main Street. Pork Steak dinner with all the trimmings. 11am – 2 pm. Tickets are $10, children under 6 eat free. For more information, call please call Roy Cary, 660-882-6440.
  • A Night Out at “Club Canine”, A benefit for Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue, 100 Isle of Capri Blvd. 6pm – 9pm. Tickets are $20 and available online at www.unchainedmelodies.org.
  • Eclipse Weekend at Maggie’s Bar & Grill, 416 Main Street. Logboat Brewing Company, eclipse glasses, t-shirts, and lots of extra seating.
  • Sunday:

    • Solar Fest at Laura Speed Elliot Middle School, 736 Main St. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner available. Live music and a 50/50 raffle. Hosted by the Boonville High School Pirate Baseball Parents.
    • Black Out Party, 316 Main St. Hosted by The Stachebox (downtown spirits distributor) and Main Street Pub.
    • Eclipse Weekend at Maggie’s Bar & Grill, 416 Main Street. Logboat Brewing Company, eclipse glasses, t-shirts, and lots of extra seating.
    • Boonslick Heartland YMCA 5K: Click here to Register
    • Local Folk Artists Dave Para and Cathy Barton-Para will be performing at the Hain House Gardens, 412 Fourth St. This will be an evening performance. Time is still being determined.
    • A block party at the Depot District (First Street)
    • Events will include, but not limited to:
      • Music
      • Food
      • Games
      • Miniature golf
      • Painting class hosted by The Easy Easel
      • Unique opportunity by Boonville Clay Co.

    Monday:

    • Golf tournament at Hail Ridge Golf Course
      for more informaiton or to register to play, please call (660) 882-2223
    • Bike ride along the KATY trail
    • BBQ at State Fair Community College
    • Solar Fest at Laura Speed Elliot Middle School, 736 Main St. Breakfast and DJ music right up until TOTALITY!
    • Eclipse Weekend at Maggie’s Bar & Grill, 416 Main Street. Logboat Brewing Company, eclipse glasses, t-shirts, and lots of extra seating.
    • Blackout in Boonville, viewing party at the Hotel Frederick, 501 E. High Street. 11am-3pm, $5 gate fee (Hotel Guests attend for free), Live Music featuring Zach Simpson, Complimentary Eclipse Viewing Glasses, Pulled pork meals & Drink specials available.

    Solar Eclipse T-shirts:

    Missouri Solar Eclipse T-Shirt Boonville Missouri MO

    Back of T-Shirt:
    Missouri Solar Eclipse Heart of MO T-Shirt at Boonville Chamber of Commerce

    The Chamber of Commerce has commemorative shirts available. T-shirts are $15 for small through extra large and $18 for 2XL through 4XL. Shirts may be reserved and picked up at the Chamber office on 1st St. A fee of $7 will be added should we have to ship the shirts to you, anywhere in the United States. T-shirts can be purchased online or by stopping by the Chamber office, 320 First Street, or by calling us at 660-882-2721.

    Shirt Order Form: Word Doc Order Form | PDF Order Form

    Eclipse Glasses:

    • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters (“eclipse glasses” or handheld viewers) that meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products.
    • Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun.
      Seek expert advice before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.
    • Never look at the Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer.
    • A solar filter must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, or camera lens.
    • If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the Sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience the splendor of totality, then, as soon as the bright Sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.
    • Outside the path of totality, you must always use safe solar filters to view the Sun directly.
    • There are still glasses available for purchase at various locations around town. They are $1 per pair and available at the Chamber office, 320 First Street. Supplies are becoming VERY LIMITED.

    For more information regarding the solar eclipse, please visit the American Astronomical Society’s website, http://eclipse.aas.org.

    Eclipse information curtesy of American Astronomical Society (http://eclipse.aas.org) and www.eclipse2017.org