Estimated 100,000 people watch Eclipse in Hopkinsville

Published: Aug. 24, 2017 at 3:55 PM EDT
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Officials say an August in Hopkinsville usually consists of a slow time for tourism and small businesses, but that all changed during this year's Great American Eclipse.

Hopkinsville city leaders and emergency managers are still crunching the number of visitors they hosted during this year's eclipse. They say many visitors watched the Eclipse on private property which makes finding that number a little bit harder.

Although they don't know the exact number yet, officials say they know there were more than 100,000 people in Hopkinsville.

City leaders say they also saw an economic impact from all the visitors.

Brooke Jung, the “Solar Eclipse Marketing & Events Consultant” from Hopkinsville says one donut shop reported doing six times more business than normal on Monday. She also said the owner of a boutique also reported doing more business this month than she normally does in her busy seasons.

Officials are still working to tally the official numbers.