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Sky High Solar Eclipse Celebration in Sussex County

Posted: 08/21/2017 18:54:00 -04:00 Updated:

INDIAN RIVER INLET, Del. - Delaware Seashore State Park held a viewing party at the Indian River Inlet bridge during Monday's solar eclipse.

People lined up as early as 9:30 a.m. to purchase glasses that went on sale at 1 p.m, and by the afternoon, the parking lot was nearly full.

"I never would've imagined it," said Laura Scharle, the park's Interpretive Programs Manager.  "To see this many people come together in the name of science is pretty darn cool."

The park's 200 eclipse glasses for sale sold out quickly, but that didn't stop the fun.

"People here were so nice because not a lot of people got the glasses and everyone walked around sharing the glasses," said nine-year-old Avery Lustgarten. "I just liked it all really. It was just so amazing." 

The day was extra special for some attendees.

"It's our 41st wedding anniversary," said Carrie Edwards, alongside her husband Steve. "I mean it's not like we planned 41 years ago to be at the eclipse, but I understand there are a lot of eclipse weddings going on today...we're the original, the unplanned."

Others remarked on how positive the energy in the park was--a refreshing change for some.

"Just being able to experience this with a group of people to get away from the sadness and the horror we've heard--that was my favorite part," said Meg Burns from Camden. "It was a nonstop smile day."

Park employees said the next eclipse remotely similar to this one will be in April of 2024. 

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