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2024 Solar Eclipse

Gibson County Eclipse

On April 8, 2024, a total eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States and Canada. Indiana will be one of only 15 states to experience this breathtaking natural phenomenon and Gibson County is fortunate to be in the Path of Totality!

The 2024 eclipse, known as the “Great North American Eclipse,” promises to be even more spectacular than the historic 2017 eclipse, crossing over or coming close to more major cities and with a maximum duration of Totality that’s almost two minutes longer!

GoGibson Eclipse Logo

Viewing the Eclipse

On Monday, April 8, 2024, the eclipse will begin in Gibson County around 12:46 pm.

Totality begins at 2:02 pm. and will last approximately 3 minutes and 55 seconds. There will be areas in the county that will have up to 4 minutes of totality!

The eclipse will end around 3:20 pm.

Owensville 12:46:09

Haubstadt 12:46:14

Fort Branch 12:46:17

Princeton 12:46:27

Patoka 12:46:30

Mackey 12:46:34

Francisco 12:46:36

Somerville 12:46:38

Hazleton 12:46:41

Oakland City 12:46:46

Safely Viewing the Solar Eclipse

Looking directly at the sun during a solar eclipse is unsafe and can cause permanent damage to your eyes. Even a brief look at the sun can damage your retina and potentially even cause blindness; a condition called solar retinopathy. Only during Totality can you look at the sun without eye protection.

SAFE

  • Use only specially designed and certified solar eclipse glasses. They are made to block out 100% of infrared and ultraviolet light.
  • Use only special-purpose eclipse filters for your binoculars, telescopes, cameras and phone lenses.

NOT SAFE

  • Do not use ordinary or polarized sunglasses. They are not strong enough to protect your eyes.
  • Do not remove your lens filter or your eclipse glasses while looking at the sun.

What is a Total Solar Eclipse?

For a total eclipse to take place, the Sun, Moon, and Earth must be in a direct line. The Moon passes between the Sun and Earth and completely blocks the face of the Sun. People who see the total eclipse are in the Path of Totality which is the Moon’s shadow when it hits Earth. The sky will become very dark, as if it were night.

Total solar eclipses are rare events. Although they occur somewhere on Earth every 18 months on average, it is estimated that they recur at any given place only once every 360 to 410 years, on average. The next coast-to-coast total solar eclipse to cross the United States won’t be until 2045!

Solar Eclipse

Accomodations

Our local hotels are already booking reservations for this event. If you have ever considered renting your home or a room in your home through AirBNB or VRBO now would be the time to get started!

Camping

Camping is available at these Gibson County locations :

New Lake

Gibson County Fairgrounds Camping

Office Hours: 8am-Noon • Call 812-385-3445

  • Tent Camping
    25'x25'
    $15000
    3 Nights
    • Admission (2)
    • Beer Garden (2)
    • Extra Nights $30 each
    • Extra Guests $20 each
    • Age 10 & Under Free
    • Eclipse Glasses (2)
  • RVs & Campers
    No Hookups
    $34000
    3 Nights
    • Admission (2)
    • Beer Garden (2)
    • Extra Nights $75 each
    • Extra Guests $20 each
    • Age 10 & Under Free
    • Eclipse Glasses (2)
  • RVs & Campers
    Electric & Water
    $46000
    3 Nights
    • Admission (2)
    • Beer Garden (2)
    • Extra Nights $100 each
    • Extra Guests $20 each
    • Age 10 & Under Free
    • Eclipse Glasses (2)

Schedule of Events

Gibson County Eclipse Celebration

April 5-8, 2024

Four days of festivities at the Gibson County Fairgrounds in Princeton, IN will include a student art and science fair, live local bands, carnival rides, food trucks, fireworks, eclipse presentations, and concert featuring Resurrection – A Journey Tribute and the Eagles tribute band Hotel California. Plus, guided viewing of the eclipse process in real time on Monday, April 8!

Gibson County Fairgrounds, 709 N. Embree St, Princeton, IN

Email us for more information or call 812-385-0999.

Friday, April 5

Gates open at 5pm
Admission is free

5-9pm
Food Trucks
Eclipse Vendors
Brady’s Amusement Rides

5-9pm
Beer Garden – FREE Admission

5-6pm
Music with DJ Dave

6-7:30pm
Blackstone Band

7:30pm
Celebration Welcome/Kick-off

7:45pm
Sgt. Pepper’s Fireworks Display presented by the City of Princeton

Saturday, April 6

Gates open at 11am
General Admission – $5 Per Car

11am-9pm
Food Trucks
Eclipse Vendors 

11am-2:30pm
Live music with Logan Dyer Trio                                                                  
11am-3pm
Art & Science Fair in the Toyota Events Center

Noon-9pm
Brady’s Amusements Rides

2:30-6pm
Music with DJ Dave

3-5pm
Eclipse Educational Session in the Toyota Events Center
     3:00-3:45   Meteorologist Ron Rhodes
     3:45-4:15   Amanda Scurry
     4:15-5:00   Susan Fowler

5-9pm
Beer Garden ($5/person Admission)

6-9pm
Live Band – Blue Collar

Sunday, April 7

Gates open at 3pm
General Admission – $5 per Adult, 10 & under FREE
(Fee includes concert admission)

3-9pm
Food Trucks
Eclipse Vendors

3-5:30pm
Music with DJ Dave

3-5pm
Art & Science Fair Exhibits

4-9pm
Brady’s Amusements Rides

4pm
Eclipse Educational Session in the Toyota Events Center

5-9:30pm
Beer Garden Admission $5

6pm
Resurrection-A Journey Tribute in Concert

7:30pm                                                               
Hotel California Concert
Eagles Tribute Band – Order Tickets

Monday, April 8

Gates open at 10am
General Admission – $5 Per Car

10am-5pm
Food Trucks
Eclipse Vendors
Music with DJ Dave

11am-5pm
Beer Garden

ECLIPSE

Duration of Totality – 3 minutes, 55 seconds

12:46:26pm – Partial Begins

2:02:34pm – Full begins

2:04:32pm – Maximum

2:06:29pm – Full Ends

3:20:44pm – Partial End

5pm– The Party is Over

Other Local Events

These events are at various locations within Gibson County. 

Email us for more information or call 812-385-0999.

pRINCETON Eclipse Events 

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

Eclipse presentation by Meteorologist Jeff Lyons  11:30AM
Gibson County Senior Center
212 S. Richland Creek Drive, Princeton
Lunch provided, reservations required.  
(812) 385-2897

Gibson County Eclipse Celebration
3-9PM
Gibson County Fairgrounds
709 North Embree St., Princeton
Food, vendors, rides, beer garden, live music, free fireworks.  (812) 385-0999

Live Music with Descent   7PM
Elks Lodge 634 Eclipse Weekend Celebration
302 N. Hart St., Princeton
Doors open at 4PM.  Food and drink available for purchase. (812) 385-2518 

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

Gibson County Eclipse Celebration
11-9PM
Gibson County Fairgrounds
709 North Embree St., Princeton
Art & Science Fair, food, vendors, rides, beer garden, live music.  (812) 385-0999

Live Music with Mark Wilson  2PM
Elks Lodge 634 Eclipse Weekend Celebration
302 N. Hart St., Princeton
Doors open at 12PM.  Food and drink available for purchase.   (812) 385-2518 

Live Music with Charlie Archer Band  8PM
Elks Lodge 634 Eclipse Weekend Celebration
302 N. Hart St., Princeton
Doors open at 12PM. Food and drink available for purchase.   (812) 385-2518 

 SUNDAY, APRIL 7

Downtown Princeton IN Solar Eclipse Market  10AM-3PM
Gibson County Courthouse Square, Princeton (Back up location will be held at the Princeton Theatre & Community Center) 80+ vendors and food trucks, along with photo opportunity stations, music and other activities. 

Gibson County Eclipse Celebration
3-9PM
Gibson County Fairgrounds
709 North Embree St., Princeton
Eagles Tribute band Hotel California plus Resurrection-A Journey Tribute in Concert, art & science Fair, food, vendors, rides, beer garden.  (812) 385-0999

Cornhole Tournament   2PM
Elks Lodge 634 Eclipse Weekend Celebration
302 N. Hart St., Princeton
Doors open at 1PM.
   Sign up at Elks.  MLB games will be on the TVs.  food and drink available for purchase.   (812) 385-2518  

MONDAY, APRIL 8 

Gibson County Eclipse Celebration
10AM-5PM
Gibson County Fairgrounds
709 North Embree St., Princeton
Guided viewing of the eclipse process in real time plus food, vendors, beer garden.
(812) 385-0999

Lyles Station Viewing Party  1-4PM  
953 N County Road 500 W, Princeton
Viewing party with petting zoo, DJ, food, tours of themuseum, and children’s games.  Eclipse glasses available.  (812) 779-7456 

Sun Crossing, Sun Gazing at the Senior Center  1-4PM  
212 S. Richland Creek Drive, Princeton
Eclipse viewing party with entertianment by Scott Mason and Brian Lynch plus refreshments and giveaways. Eclipse glasses available. (812) 385-2897  

Camp Carson Solar Eclipse Alumni Day  ALL DAY  
2034 Outer Lake Road, Princeton
A fun day featuring a day full of camp activities, crafts, games, cookout and eclipse viewing party. For reservations: https://bit.ly/3OWqimc   (812) 385-3597 

Total Eclipse of the Car  12PM-3PM  
Princeton Auto Parke, 820 S. Main St., Princeton
Eclipse glasses available with live entertainment by Jerry Burnett plus a cookout offering hot dogs, Sun Chips, Sunkist drinks, Moonpies, Starburst and Milky Way candies.  (812) 386-8282

Elks Lodge 634 Eclipse Celebration  12PM
302 N. Hart St., Princeton
Doors open at 12PM.
   Parking for the eclipse will be reserved for Elks members.  Public parking available on the street.  Food and drink available for purchase.  (812) 385-2518  

                   

oakland city eclipse events 


FRIDAY, APRIL 5

Car Show & Music by The Gad-A-Bouts 
4-8PM  
Mom’s Diner
331 S Main St, Oakland City (812) 664-1806

 SATURDAY, APRIL 6

All You Can Eat Breakfast 
7-10AM  $10/person
American Legion – 211 E. Washington St., Oakland City

OC American Legion Beer Garden 
12PM-6PM   
American Legion
211 E. Washington St., Oakland City

OC Eagles Beer Garden at New Lake
NOON  2205 S 1350 E, Oakland City
BBQ Rib dinners available for sale.

American Legion Cornhole Tourney 
1PM    
American Legion
211 E. Washington St., Oakland City

Golf Cart Scavenger Hunt  
1PM – $10/cart   
Trinity UM Church
410 S. Madison St., Oakland City

Bingo  
6-8PM   
Wirth Park Community Center
1105 W Morton St., Oakland City

Rodney Watts Concert  
7PM    Oakland City New Lake
2205 S 1350 E, Oakland City

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

Disc Golf Tournament
New Lake – 2205 S 1350 E, Oakland City

Community Church Service  10:30AM  
Wirth Park – 1105 W Morton St., Oakland City

Bounce Houses  12PM  
Wirth Park – 1105 W Morton St., Oakland City

Food Trucks and Vendors  12PM  
American Legion – 211 E Washington St., Oakland City & Wirth Park – 1105 W Morton St., Oakland City

OC Eagles Beer Garden at New Lake
NOON  2205 S 1350 E, Oakland City
BBQ Rib dinners available for sale.

Oakland City Lions Club Baseball Throw  12PM  
Wirth Park – 1105 W Morton St, Oakland City

Free Gospel Concert featuring The Conquerors  2-4PM  
Wirth Park – 1105 W Morton St, Oakland City

Simulated Shuttle Launch  4:30PM  
Wirth Park – 1105 W Morton St, Oakland City

Former Astronaut, Jerry Ross Book Signing  4:30-7:30PM  
Wirth Park Community Center
1105 W Morton St, Oakland City

Free Movie Presentation “Living in Space”  7:30PM  
Wirth Park Community Center
1105 W Morton St, Oakland City

MONDAY, APRIL 8

Free Breakfast Sponsored by OC Lions Club  7:30AM  
Wirth Park – 1105 W Morton St, Oakland City

Former Astronaut, Jerry Ross Book Signing  9AM-NOON 
T shirts and eclipse glasses available for sale.
Wirth Park Community Center
1105 W Morton St, Oakland City 

OC Eagles Beer Garden at New Lake
NOON    2205 S 1350 E, Oakland City
BBQ Rib dinners available for sale.

Oakland City Solar Eclipse Viewing Locations   Noon-4PM
Wirth Park, 1105 W. Morton Street
New Lake, 2205 South 1350 East
OC University Baseball Field, 4th Avenue

For more on Oakland City Eclipse Events  contact Charlotte Gray (812) 664-7235

 

Fort Branch Eclipse Events


Fort Branch Public Library Eclipse Programs

107 East Locust St., Fort Branch

Totality Worth It
  March 12, 6PM
An eclipse presentation by Dr. Kent Scheller, Professor of Physics at the University of Southern Indiana 

Eclipse STEM Programs, 3:30-5PM
  Grades K-2   March 5-12
  Grades 3-5   March 7-14
  Grades 6-8   March 19 

Haubstadt Eclipse events


MONDAY, APRIL 8

Total Solar Eclipse at the Speedway
  10AM–4PM TriState Speedway, 10149 S US HWY 41, Haubstadt, IN 
Food/concessions available, race cars on display, inflatable obstacle course for kids, Tri-state Speedway solar eclipse event tshirts available for purchase. (Camping available.)  

HAZLETON Eclipse events


SATURDAY, APRIL 6


Mt. Olympus Solar Eclipse Celebration
Mt. Olympus Community Center 6311 North S.R. 65, Hazleton
Bounce houses and entertainment for the kids inside a climate controlled gymnasium, live entertainment plus food vendors.  Tent and RV camping available.  (812) 677-2978 

MONDAY, APRIL 8

Azalea Path Arboretum & Botanical Garden Eclipse Viewing
1502 N County Road 825 W, Hazleton
Located away from city lights, bring a picnic basket and experience the eclipse in total darkness!  Special wine slushy, beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks, and solar glasses available for purchase.  (812) 354-3039