Solar Eclipse Festival
Solar Eclipse Festival in Mena, AR
April 5th - 8th, 2024
April 19, 2023 - 3:00 p.m. - Ouachita Center UARM Campus
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The Great North American Eclipse will take place on April 8, 2024, and Arkansas will be the perfect place to experience this historic event. From southwest to northeast, two-thirds of Arkansas will be in the path of totality. Mena, Hot Springs, Little Rock, and Jonesboro are among the cities it passes through.
There was a partial total solar eclipse in Arkansas in 2017, the last time a total solar eclipse occurred in North America. This is a historic occasion, so what makes it so special?
The state of Arkansas has only experienced two total eclipses in its history. Two years after Arkansas became the 25th U.S. state, one took place in 1834 when Arkansas was still Arkansas Territory. In 1918, there was a second one.
The Arkansas Natural Sky Association has created a website, ar-eclipse.info, to provide more information about this history. A useful table on the website lists the phase times and durations of the eclipse for Arkansas areas. Cities and towns are listed in the first table, followed by Arkansas State Parks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sites, college stadiums, and Buffalo National River.
Get your Eclipse Swag!
Know What to Expect with a Total Solar Eclipse
Hotels, cabins, campground etc., will book years in advance.
With thousands of people gathering in our already busy area, there will be a shortage on basic supplies.
Staring at an eclipse is literally staring at the sun. You will need a special pair of sunglasses to keep your eyeballs safe.
With traffic expected to be extremely crowded, try leaving a few days before and later than you normally would. For our community, stay off the roads during this time. Traffic will be the busiest it's ever been.
If traveling, consider what supplies & routes you will need to take. In the coummity, decide where you will want to watch, when to pick up perscriptions needed from pharmacy's get groceries ahead of time, etc.
Activities and Places to Stay
Please submit your application by February 1, 2024. If you are interested in becoming a Vendor for the 2024 Mena Eclipse-mas Festival and need additional information, please contact us directly at 479-394-8355 or email@example.com.