Where to watch the Eclipse in Aurora on August 21
Hamilton County Fairgrounds – This location offers parking, good sightlines and plenty of
space to view the eclipse. Retired Aurora Middle School science teacher Ron Haden guides visitors through the event. As an option, viewers may take a shuttle (school) bus to The Leadership Center. Shuttle buses run at least every 15 minutes or as needed from the fairgounds; stops include the softball fields parking lot and The Leadership Center. Shuttles run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 :15 p.m. to 3 p.m. Refreshments and restrooms are available at the fairgrounds.
The Leadership Center (TLC) – An open field allows an excellent view of the eclipse. Viewing is guided by Edgerton Explorit Center “Mad Scientist” and longtime amateur astronomer Dan Glomski. Parking is restricted to TLC overnight guests only. Buses and cars drop off passengers and equipment here, then park at softball fields parking lot (buses) or fairgrounds. Shuttles from both locations transport guests back to TLC. Breakfast and lunch are available for a fee as long as supplies last. Porta-potties are located onsite.
Hampton, Nebraska –
6 miles east of Aurora – North Baseball Field, West Park. This event will feature Astronaut Clay Anderson. Entrance at 5th and D street. Gates open at 9:30 am. Scientific Eclipse explanation at 11:00 am, Ritual Eclipse Dances by the Omaha Tribe at 11:30. Astronaut Clay Anderson Arrive at 12:15. Fireworks at 1:05, and Solar Eclipse Magic Show at 1:15.
Grain Place Foods-
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More Eclipse Events
Stars Over Sherman Ranch, August 19, 9pm-11:30pm
View the beautiful Nebraska night sky over Sherman Ranch, near Marquette, NE. Telescopes will be set up for viewing Jupiter, Saturn and other celestial sights. Sherman Ranch is located at 2340 North”O” Road, Marquette. Free. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-694-4032.
$5 Hamburger Feed on the Square, August 20, 4:30-7:00 PM
FREE Watermelon Feed on the Square, August 20, 5:00 PM
Aurora and Dark Island Trail Walks Sunday, August 20
Aurora Walk – Explorit Center, 208 N 16th St, Aurora, Nebraska. Begins at 8:00—11:00 a.m., off the trail by 2:00 p.m.
You won’t see any Northern Lights, but this walk does visit Streeter Park and The Leadership Center. After the walk, use your volkswalk discount to explore the Edgerton Explorit Center (opens at noon) to learn more about our relationship to the stars and the solar eclipse.
Dark Island Trail Evening Walk – Central City High School, 1510 28th St, Central City, Nebraska. Begins at 6:30—7:30 p.m., off the trail by 10:00 p.m.
The 5 K loop goes into town to visit the Wright Morris boyhood home. The city and the house played a significant role in his literary works and photography. The 6K loop is an out and back on the Dark Island Trail. You should reach the bridge just in time to see the sunset over the Platte River. The trail’s unique name derives from a local Pawnee legend. The legend holds that there are five lodges of the Nahurak (animal deities), with La-la-wa-koh-ti-to— the dark island lodge—supposedly located near Central City in the Platte River. Dogs are welcome on the trail, but not in the Wright Morris home.
$5 Pancake and Sausage Breakfast- Bremer Community Center, August 21, 7:00-10:00 am
The Aurora United Methodist Church – is selling an Eclipse themed Fun Sun Sack lunch for $5.00. Pick your lunch up from 9:00-11:30 a.m. Aug. 21 at the Aurora UMC parking lot at 1104 A St. Free Parking available!!
Souvenir Eclipse T-shirts for Sale
Available for $20-$25 at local Aurora retailers or contact the Aurora Chamber at 402-694-6911. It glows in the dark!
The Leadereship Center – Located in Aurora, has dorm style bunks and tenting sites available. Click the link for information. The Leadership Center.
Modern Motel and Trailer Park – Located on Highway 34 in Aurora, has several Full Hook-up RV spaces. Call 402-694-0448 for information and reservations.
Hamilton County Fairgrounds – Will be allowing self contained RV and Trailer Camping on a first come first served basis.
There are also several families in town who are willing to open up their houses to guests. Contact Chris Small at the Chamber of Commerce for more information. 402-631-1157.
If camping is your thing, check out the Upper Big Blue NRD. All of their camping is first come first served, however their locations will make them great viewing places for the event.
The City of Aurora has RV hook-ups with water and electricity available on a first come first served basis. Donations are encouraged. The hook-ups are next to a walking trail, the Aurora Aquatic Facility, and less that a block from the shuttle pick-up spot which will take you to the first two events listed below.
Aurora Area Chamber & Development Corporation
Aurora Area Chamber & Development Corporation (AACD) is a progressive, nonprofit organization representing the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, the Aurora Development Corporation, the Aurora Technology Center, the Aurora Housing Development Corporation, Aurora Construction Enterprises, Aurora Childcare, the City of Aurora, Nebraska and Hamilton County. AACD’s members, people from all walks of life, work together to build a better community. The organization unites businesses, the professions, industry and individuals.
Aurora Area Chamber & Development Corporation office hours
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Located at 1604 L Street, Aurora, NE 68818 402-694-6911
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