Submitted by Pasha Watson
On April 8, 2024, nearly 2/3 of Arkansas will be within the path of totality for the Great American Total Solar Eclipse. This event will bring thousands of visitors to The Natural State to experience the phenomenon. Mena will experience four minutes of pure solar darkness, one of the greater lengths in Arkansas and will be a major tourism draw for the community.
To help the community prepare, the City of Mena is hosting their third Eclipse Town Hall meeting on Sept. 14, 2023. The meeting will be held at the Ouachita Center, on the campus of UA Rich Mountain, at 3 p.m. This is an opportunity for everyone to learn more about the eclipse and how Mena, and the surrounding areas, can plan for and draw visitors to what will be an epic event for Arkansas. Public leaders and stakeholders will be in attendance to help answer community questions.
If your business/group is planning an event or has rental space available, you are invited to set up a table and distribute your information. There is no charge, but you will need to RSVP, as space is limited.
Groups and organizations across Arkansas will be planning events focusing on this historic astronomical occurrence. Economic impact from the 2017 total solar eclipse in other states was massive. Since The Natural State is centrally located and our time of total darkness will be nearly twice that of the 2017 event, Arkansas is positioned to exceed those numbers.