"It was amazing!" Kentucky shines on Eclipse Day

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HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Orchardale Farm is buzzing with excitement. The farm, located in Hopkinsville, is serving as ground zero for "Eclipseville" festivities.

Hopkinsville is the exact point of greatest eclipse; People there will not only be able to witness the whole 2 minutes and 40 seconds but also observe the exact instant when the axis of the Moon's shadow passes closest to the center of Earth.

The mayor says Hopkinsville is expecting 100,000 to 150,000 visitors to the city, many of them gathering at Orchardale Farm.

There has been traffic congestion in the town. Local law enforcement, Kentucky State Police, and the Kentucky National Guard are helping deal with the crowds. The city has added signs to help navigate people to and from the interstate.

People from Michigan, Florida, New York, and even Denmark and Spain came to Hopkinsville to witness the Eclipse. Governor Matt Bevin was among those who traveled to the farm.

"I'm a big kid. I'm 50 years old, but truth be told, everyone likes the idea of the sun going dark during the day," said Gov. Bevin.

The governor says the impact for Kentucky goes beyond the economy; there is also a social and educational impact.

"On a day when the world is going to go dark, Kentucky is truly shining."

The sky did not disappoint. The crowd awed in amazement as for 2:39 seconds, the sun went dark.

"It was amazing! It was unlike anything that I've ever seen. It was a once in a lifetime experience, and it was very cool," said Aloe Boyd.

For many on the farm, Hopkinsville lived up to its billing as the best place to see the eclipse.

"It was awesome; it was a once in a lifetime experience. There's nothing like being at ground zero that's for sure," said Angie Straighter.

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