Benton Kentucky's Solar Celebration

August 21, 2017
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On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see a rare and striking visual display in the sky — a total eclipse of the Sun! The Moon will completely block the Sun, daytime will become twilight, and the Sun’s corona will shine in the dark sky. We want you to come sit in the shadow with us 

This will be an event of a lifetime and we want to help you have a fun and safe viewing experience. So, bring your lawn chair and help us form a circle around Lake EERA at our Environmental Education and Recreation Area (1010 Eggner Ferry Road, Benton, KY 42025). This area is open and should allow for good viewing! You can also enjoy the view from Benton City Park!

A flyer that includes a schedule of the day's events can be found here! 

The eclipse begins at 11:54 am and the complete eclipse will occur at 1:23 pm. There will be approximately 1 minute and 57 seconds of darkness. 

The Friends of Clarks River NWR will have hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and drinks for sale at the EERA. Food vendors will also be located at Benton City Park. Personal coolers with food and drink are allowed, however alcoholic beverages are prohibited. 

We are teaming up with the city of Benton to bring you an even more exciting day! There will be kids games complete with a bouncy castle ($5 for all day), fishing (thanks to our friends from FLW), a corn hole tournament, story hour (thanks to the Benton Library), a 5K, and other activities for you to enjoy, beginning at 9 am, while we wait for the shadow to form. Activities will take place at the EERA as well as the Benton City Park, and a shuttle will run between both locations. Check back for parking details! There will also be Eclipse Glasses for sale at the event to allow safe viewing. 

The eclipse glasses are for sale now! They will be available at all upcoming Friends and Refuge events, you can contact a Friends member that you know, or email friends.chestnut@outlook.com to purchase them. Glasses are being sold for $2.  

We encourage visitors to bring their cameras and take photos. This link has a few tips and things to remember when photographing a solar eclipse.  

For more information or for questions:

Call 270-527-5770  

Email stacey_hayden@fws.gov


Open to all members of the general public. Lawn chairs and sunscreen suggested.