Community R-VI hosted a Totality Eclipse party at Martinsburg Park on Monday to allow folks the chance to view the once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Organizer Melanie Utterback gave the large crowd in attendance explanations of what was taking place during the eclipse so spectators knew what to expect.
As the sky became dark and a beautiful diamong ring appearance lit up the sky, street lights went on in town and the cicadas made noise as they were affected by the change in conditions.
The event featured free water and Moon Pies along with other refreshments for sale.
There was also a bounce house, several games, the POET corn trailer, and so much more to keep spectators entertained from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Some spectators from out-of-state visited the park representing Texas, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and likely more states were also represented.
Totality took place around 1:14 p.m.
Many spectators in Vandalia and Wellsville reported cloud cover making it tough to see the totality. Fortunately for those in Martinsburg, they were treated to a beautiful eclipse.
Sponsors for the event included “The Vandalia Leader” and www.missourisolareclipse.com, Mid-Missouri Truck & Trailer Parts, Ultimate Image, Jim Bair and Rae Dubray Bair, MJE’s Tax Service, Martinsburg Area Community Betterment, POET, Martinsburg Mututal Insurance, and Gastler Seed.