The Monday, Aug. 21, solar eclipse is quickly approaching and if you haven’t gotten your plans lined out, now is crunch time.

Several towns throughout mid-Missouri are planning festivals, viewing parties, and various events leading up to the eclipse.

You don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Hermann, Marshall, and Lathrop are three more towns that have events planned for the weekend of the solar eclipse, in addition to Perryville, St. Clair, Cape Girardeau and other communities we’ve been reporting on the past two months. 

In Hermann, to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime events, there will be several activities including the annual Wine & Jazz Festival on Saturday, Aug. 19, an eclipse movie marathon at the Amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 20, and an eclipse viewing party on Aug. 21 hosted by the Hermann Area Chamber.

More details will be posted to the visithermann.com website so check back to that site for more information.

There are several events all over Marshall to celebrate the eclipse. The events include:

• “Shopping under the Sun” on Aug. 19-20 around the courthouse square, as well as arts, crafts, food, and entertainment on the square.

• Nite & Day 5K walk/run on Aug. 19. A Historic Marshall Walk will begin at the Marshall Public Library and will take you on a historic walk through town. The trail is part of the American Volkssport Association’s list of 1800+ self-guided trails in the USA.

• There will also be a guided tour Monday, Aug. 21, at 11 a.m. at the library, as well as a cosmic concert. The website to keep up to date on what’s going on in Marshall is marshallmosolareclipse.com.

Lathrop is planning a four-day celebration of an old-fashioned “Mule Days,” a chuckwagon hoedown, eclipse viewing, “Diamond Ring” weddings, wine & shine, gospel singing, BBQ, horseshoe tournament, RV and primitive camping, and marketplace vendors.

Information about parking, passes, shuttles, viewing and maps can be found at www.lathropeclipse.com.

Jimmy Sexton

On Aug. 21 the Katy Trail will open for a special bicycle ride to celebrate the solar eclipse. The 36-mile ride will be from Rocheport to Jefferson City and is limited to 500 people. A $50 registration fee includes an eclipse Katy Trail T-shirt, water bottle, SAG support, special eclipse glasses, and access to Katy Trail staff who will provide information about the eclipse and how to safely view it.

An optional return shuttle of $25 will haul riders and bicycles from Jefferson City back to Rocheport after the ride.

The schedule for the day includes:

• 8:30-10 a.m. — Check-in.

• 9:30-10:30 a.m. — Depart.

• 11:45 a.m. — Eclipse begins.

• 1:12 p.m. — Eclipse totality begins.

• 2:40 p.m. — Eclipse ends.

• 3-5 p.m. — Return Shuttles from Jefferson City to Rocheport.

If your town is doing something special for the solar eclipse, let us know and we will mention it in the July issue of the River Hills Traveler.

———

This month marks our 8th annual issue of Ozarks Float Trippin’, which is inserted inside this issue of the Traveler. In it you will find descriptions of Missouri’s most popular rivers and creeks, as well as stories and photos about various campgrounds, outfitters, and conservation areas we believe you might enjoy.

Float Trippin’ has grown so much the past three years that we’re creating a website just for it, so you can easily access this information to Missouri’s best outfitters 24/7. It should be up and running sometime in June at www.ozarksfloattrippin.com.

Whether floating or camping this summer, I encourage you to check out the many outfitters that are featured in Ozarks Float Trippin’. They’re all top-notch, professional outfitters who will treat you and your family right.

Tell them the Traveler sent you.

(Jimmy Sexton is owner and publisher of the River Hills Traveler. He can be reached at (800) 874-8423, ext. 1, or jimmy@riverhillstraveler.com.)