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Eclipse Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 18 at 5:30 pm in City Council Chambers at 110 N 8th Street.

Let’s have a BLOCK (out the sun) PARTY!

As we began to plan for the influx of visitors that the April 8, 2024 eclipse is projected to bring to Gatesville, two priorities that we identified were:

1.      Make sure residents and visitors have a safe and memorable experience

2.      Maximize the positive economic impact that the eclipse will bring to our community

Based on what we’ve learned from cities that were in the path of totality in 2017, we expect our population to at least triple for that weekend. This is counting people staying in hotels, RV parks and campsites, and also allowing for many of our residents to have a houseful of friends and relatives. We also know that there are a large number of weekend and hunting places around us. We are looking at the possibility of 15-20 thousand extra people staying in our area and they are going to be looking for something to do while they wait for the “big event” on Monday.

In response, we have planned a downtown festival featuring activities, vendors, food, and live entertainment. A few of the planned activities include a petting zoo, art show, Texas Farm Bureau interactive exhibit, cornhole, disc golf and pickleball tournaments, and a special time of worship on Sunday. We are calling it a BLOCK (out the sun) PARTY.  The event will take place on Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7th.  Admission will be free.

This presents our community with some great opportunities. Here are several ways that local organizations, businesses and individuals can participate:

Activities for kids and adults – This is an opportunity for non-profit organizations to fundraise or to just offer something fun for our residents and visitors.  Ideas include carnival-type games, face painting, photo props, selling souvenirs, holding a raffle for an eclipse or Texas themed item (remember that we will have many out of state visitors who will be looking for a Texas experience).

Be a vendor – If you are an individual or business and have something to sell, you can rent a 10X10 space on the square. Eclipse and Gatesville or Texas themed items are expected to sell well, but this is a great opportunity get your merchandise in front of a crowd of people. Food vendors and food trucks are also encouraged.

Show your talent – There will be a stage with various entertainment throughout the weekend. Kids groups, choirs, and up and coming local musicians can sign up for a time in the spotlight (tip jars are allowed). If your talent is in the visual arts, we are planning an art show where selected artists can exhibit their works.

 Volunteer some time -  Volunteers are needed to work at the event doing everything from assisting with vendor set up, to sitting at an information table, to monitoring trash cans. If you can give a couple of hour or more on the weekend of the event, you can be part of the welcome committee!

Learn more at a Town Hall meeting! Join us on Thursday, January 18th at 5:30pm in the council chambers at 110 N. 8th Street to learn more about these and other plans for the eclipse. You can also find information about each of these opportunities, and more, at You may also contact me at or (254) 326-8248.

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