Why Orangeburg Could Be the Place to Be for the Eclipse

Orangeburg County plans for the total eclipse

Orangeburg County, SC (WLTX) - If you're still deciding where you want to go to experience the Eclipse, you may want to consider Orangeburg for your list.

The stands at Oliver C. Dawson stadium at South Carolina State University (SCSU) are empty, for now.
 
"It's going to be covered with people," said SCSU professor Donald Walter.
 
But don't let the scoreboard and field goal fool you - the crowds will have nothing to do with football.
 
"We'll still have a large crowd, but what's out on the field will be quite different," Walter said.
 
The event is a joint effort including SCSU, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce, and  the city of Orangeburg's Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association. Walter says they're guessing five to 10 thousand people will come to watch the eclipse. 
 
"Marching 101 band's gonna start up at 12:30 and march in to the stadium and that's going to be the start," Walter said.
 
Walter says they've got 11,000 eclipse glasses to hand out, crafts for the kids, a DJ, and a science project.
 
"University of Alabama is bringing in a balloon team," Walter said, "they're going to launch a balloon that goes up to 100,000 ft with an imaging camera that looks back down on the earth."
 
But this isn't the only field that'll be packed in Orangeburg county.
 
"We could hold up to 30,000 people," said Stacie White with the Yonder field event staff. 
 
Yonder Field in Bowman has a full day of activities in store.
 
"It starts with the great inflatable race which is this huge inflatable obstacle course," White said, "It's 14 inflatables that are like 150 feet wide and 45 feet tall."
 
White says there will also be family friendly games and live music.
 
"Great local musicians and then Uncle Kracker after that," White said.
 
The day will end with a showing of the movie ET.
 
"You can just sit outside with all your friends on your blanket and your lawn chair, and in the middle we'll just stop for this amazing once in a lifetime thing," White said.
 
But no matter what event you choose, Walter says you don't want to miss what they all have in common:
 
"The show from the sun is going to be the best part of all," Walter said.
 
For more information on the event at South Carolina State University, click here.
 
For more information on the event at Yonder Field, click here
 
 
 
 

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