CARROLLTON, Mo. — The city of Carrollton and the surrounding area will be a premier location to view the first total solar eclipse in 148 years. KMZU’s Brian Lock talked with Carrollton Area Economic Alliance Director Sharon Metz about the city’s plans for the special August 21 event. Click below to hear the edited Newsmaker interview which was featured live on KMZU.

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The Carrollton Area Economic Alliance will host a meeting on Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rupe Center. Metz says that anyone is invited to the meeting to pitch ideas or hear about what the city and Carroll County are planning for the historic event. She mentioned that they are also coordinating efforts with the Carrollton School Disctrict, which is making plans of its own for the eclipse, which will happen during the first week of the 2017-2018 school year.

Metz added that the “economic benefit is probably as great as we make it,” noting reports of homes being rented in the surrounding area for people who want to come to rural Missouri to see the historic eclipse. The eclipse will pass over Carrollton for more than 2 and a half minutes just before 1:10 p.m. on August 21.