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A small Idaho town is preparing to receive 100,000 visitors for the solar eclipse in August

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The town of Driggs, Idaho, with 1,600 people, expects to receive 100,000 visitors on August 21.

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Driggs is one of hundreds of towns located on a narrow arc across the US from where a total solar eclipse will be visible in August.

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The eclipse is one month away, but some lodgings are already fully booked. It will bring business (and a mess) for the towns.

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Stores expect four times their usual attendance. They are stocking cheese, buffalo meat, tomatoes, and ice cream. They are also preparing merchandising.

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They will have generators in case of blackouts and will place staff along roads to give information and ease gridlock.

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This is the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous US in almost four decades. The full eclipse will only be visible for two minutes.

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