In less than a month hundreds of people will head to Beatrice for the solar eclipse. Beatrice is in the longest path of totality and hotel rooms have been booked for months. K.J. Patel is the owner of the Victorian Inn and says all her rooms have been booked well in advance.
Patel says, “We started booking for over a year and I think six months ahead I think the town had already been booked. With some changes around, we’re still getting some calls and if there are openings we are putting them through so it is good to keep checking. If there are some cancelations and things going on, there are some openings here and there.” Patel says all the hotels are working together to get as many visitors accommodated as possible. Most of the R.V. spots at the Gage County fairgrounds are also reserved at this point as well.
Patel says because of the length of the eclipse in Beatrice scientists from all over the world are heading to the community for the event. She says schools from as far away as California are attending as well as scientists from Greenland and Iceland.
The Homestead National Monument is a NASA Broadcast Location and scientists will be in the community for the eclipse. Beatrice also has several viewing sites available including the fairgrounds, Hidden Acres Golf Course as well as country sites located in Blue Springs, Pickrell and Virginia.
Patel says the Beatrice Chamber of Commerce has been working with all the businesses to make sure there is enough food and preparations for all the visitors. She believes everyone is ready and the community won’t disappoint.