Kershaw County, SC (WLTX) – Community leaders and business owners in Kershaw County are preparing for the possible extra visitors they could be getting for the solar eclipse.
In just two weeks up to millions are making their way to South Carolina to have the best spot to see the phenomenon.
Not all parts of the county will experience total darkness like in Columbia, but there will still be several viewing parties.
“Running around here like chickens with their heads cut off,” Georgia Patoulas of Camden House of Pizza said.
The business owner said she will have extra pizza dough for the possibility of bigger crowds.
Hotels are booked across the Midlands including in Kershaw County.
However, there is still room at the Old McCaskill’s Farm Bed and Breakfast in Rembert says she still has two rooms available.
“I think people assume that we are already booked and haven't even tried,” Kathy McCaskill explained.
The farm is also hosting a viewing party on August 21.
Amber Conger with the Kershaw County library says they will also have a party at the Potter Community Park in Elgin with food, music, free eclipse glasses, and crafts.
“It’s not the kind of thing that you want to do by yourself,” Conger said.
You can also catch the eclipse at Historic Camden or the Spring Dale Race Course.
Kershaw County Schools will have an early dismissal on the day of the eclipse, getting all students out by 11:15 a.m.
The Camden Police Department said they will have more officers on hand.
Kershaw County leaders said they are unsure about what to expect but they will be prepared either way for the possible crowds that could come with the phenomenon.
For more information on the events in Kershaw County, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/KershawCountyEclipse/?fref=nf