Remember the eclipse? It’s hard to believe that Blairsville-Union County got national news coverage and had thousands of people flock to our area for a once-in-a-lifetime lunar event, but here we are! For many of us, August 21 probably felt a little chaotic with all of the visitors and events going on. Now that the moon dust has settled and no one can find the eclipse glasses that they scrambled to buy at the last minute, we can take a step back and see just how big this experience was for our community. Here’s a quick look at the Blairsville Eclipse Experience by the numbers:
- Over 15,000 visitors
- 18,655 Glasses Sold
- 2,820 Shirts Sold
- 4 events Hosted by the Chamber: Astronomy Night, Totality Tailgate, Moon Over Meeks & Viewing at the IP
- Nearly $4,000 raised for Civic Clubs and the Recreation Department
- Estimated economic Impact: $200,000+
Who knew that a couple of minutes in total darkness would have such a bright impact on our community?