Family Friendly Eclipse Event Coming to West Frankfort

WEST FRANKFORT, IL – (William McPherson, West Frankfort Gazette.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Please read an excerpt below.)

The mission group at Trinity United Methodist Church and the West Frankfort Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to host a family friendly eclipse event for Franklin County.

Connie Howard of Trinity UMC, and Kathy Sikora, of the West Frankfort Chamber of Commerce, are both helping to organize and promote the event. The event will feature, “crafts, vendors, food, fun, and education,” added Howard. The purpose of the event is to provide a family friendly alternative to some of the other eclipse events in Southern Illinois, and to offer a fun close-to-home community event for Franklin County residents.

The eclipse, which will last approximately two minutes, will only be about thirty seconds shorter in West Frankfort than at the big viewing areas around Carbondale and Makanda, Howard added. Considering the amount of traffic, and that this will be a family friendly eclipse event, that’s a good trade off, Sikora said

No alcoholic beverages will be permitted on the premises. For those interested in taking part in the eclipse event as a vendor, please send Howard an email at


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