RABUN GAP, Ga. -- Local cities and organizations are already ramping up their plans ahead of a historic solar eclipse that will cross much of the United States later in August.
And 11Alive will be live with the Rabun County Tourism Development Authority for their OutASight Eclipse Viewing Festival as the event happens on Aug. 21.
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"People are coming to America because, for the first time in 26 years, a total solar eclipse will occur in our great country, and we will play host to the world’s eclipse-chasers," tourism officials said in a media release. "For those of us who already live here, but have never seen an eclipse, this is the opportunity of a lifetime – to see the most beautiful thing on the planet, and maybe not even have to get on an airplane to get to it!”
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11Alive will be live throughout the day starting with the morning show and will air the total solar eclipse from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. with Chris Holcomb and Chesley McNeil.
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Though a near total eclipse will be visible in a far wider area, Rabun County is one of only a handful of spots in northeast Georgia that will experience the totality of the eclipse - where the sun will align completely behind the moon.
"The centerline path of the eclipse just barely touches the state in Rabun and Stephens counties," county tourism officials said.
Tickets for the festival at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School are already on sale at the ExploreRabun.com Eclipse Festival Page.