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For the solar eclipse Alliance being called 'Sturgis for stargazers'

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Published: Aug. 16, 2017 at 10:24 AM CDT
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The city of Alliance, NE already has crowds pouring in from around the globe to watch the Great American Eclipse on August 21. Kevin Howard of the Alliance Visitor's Bureau says they realized how big of an event this may be when named in the top 10 places to view this eclipse.

The first calls about the eclipse started to come in back in 2013, and the hotels started booking shortly thereafter. A special eclipse committee was formed and has been meeting for the past three years preparing for the big event.

Alliance has a population of roughly 9,000 people and is expecting anywhere from 10,000 to 25,000 eclipse viewers to flood in over the weekend. Events are being held throughout the city all weekend.

is an outdoor concert series downtown Saturday and Sunday that will kick off at 3 p.m. and will go until 1 a.m. both days. There will be a Pow Wow at Central Park on both Saturday and Sunday.

There are three designated eclipse-viewing spots in town:

, Laing Lake and the

. Food vendors will be set up throughout town and extra porta potties are being brought in to various locations. For more information on viewing sites click

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The Knight Museum and Sandhills Center will be holding special events for international visitors. Translators will be available to assist tourists, and there will be tea time daily at 2 p.m. Brochures in seven languages will also be available.