Solar Eclipse Viewers Make Most Of Rain In South Dakota

South Dakota wasn’t the ideal place to watch the solar eclipse. While rain may have spoiled some viewing parties, visitors at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls made the most out of it.

Eight-year-old Alyssa Clow of Harrisburg said,”It’s where the moon goes over the sun.”

The Washington Pavilion has been planning activities surrounding the solar eclipse for a year. When the rain started in Sioux Falls, they went with Plan B.

Washington Pavilion Program Coordinator Jamie Buswell said, “You can’t control everything so I’m just happy that we have people here, we’re having fun, and we’re still able to enjoy it inside.”

Despite the weather, dozens of children were still learning at the Kirby Science Discovery Center. Through arts and crafts and demonstrations, they learned about solar eclipses inside. A live feed from NASA allowed them to see what others were across the country.

“We still kind of get to see it, but it is a little disappointing that we don’t get to see it outside,” said 9-year-old Katelyn Clow of Harrisburg.

But some still had to see for themselves. Huddled outside, optimists even brought their solar glasses. With his wife and niece, Mayor Mike Huether stood with Pavilion staff and visitors downtown. Huether said it’s still a once in a lifetime event that he wanted to be a part of.

“Where is it?” asked one child. “Where is it,” Huether said laughing.

At 1:01 p.m., they did catch a little bit of the darkness that so many have been talking about.

“You’re experiencing darkness during the day,” said Huether. “It’s wonderful. I relish it, and it will go into my memory file that’s for sure.”

The Pavilion did have a couple hundred of the solar eclipse glasses on hand. Many said even though they didn’t need to use them, they’re going to save them as momentos.

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