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Adirondack region gears up for their moment in the shade

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (WCAX) – As the region counts down to April’s total solar eclipse, we’re checking with communities about what they are planning. That includes many parts of the Adirondacks, which will be in the dark for nearly three and a half minutes.

With just 45 days until the great American eclipse turns day into night, officials in the Adirondacks are expecting thousands of visitors to flood into the region for the once-in-a-lifetime event.

Jane Hooper with the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is encouraging visitors to come early and stay late. “Rather than getting in your car at 3:30 when the event happens, stay for some of the community celebrations that are going on,” Hooper said.

Celebrations will be found at every corner of Lake Placid, which is expected to see 3:21 minutes of totality. Ashley Walden, president of the Olympic Regional Development Authority, says all Olympic venues will have their own viewing events that day. “We will have unique features, some with live entertainment, food and beverage options. We will have a number of eclipse glasses so we can have safe viewing,” she said.

Businesses are also hoping to cash in on the event. “It seems like we are going to have an influx of people here,” said Sarah Galvin with The Bookstore Plus. “We are going to be making cereal box viewers on Saturday, prior to the eclipse.”

And on April 8th, she says the store will host a storybook reading so kids can learn about what to expect before the shop closes for eclipse viewing. “I hope the kids just have a memorable experience for the eclipse and get to learn about this incredible world that we live and the natural beauty that surrounds us every day,” Galvin said.

And for visitors hoping to stay overnight, Hooper says to start looking now. “Rooms at this point are a little bit hard to come by but I think you can still find some if you really look,” she said.

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