A total solar eclipse is a rare and spectacular event. On average, one happens somewhere on the Earth once every 1.5 years and only 21 solar eclipses have crossed the lower 48 in the entire history of the United States. On April 8, 2024, the centerline for the path of the next total solar eclipse will dissect Shelby County, entering in the vicinity of Fort Loramie at approximately 3:09 p.m. and existing near Botkins at about 3:14 p.m.
With the city located in the optimal viewing area, staff has been working with the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency to plan for the influx of tourists expected to descend upon the area for this once-in-a lifetime opportunity. In addition, local businesses and non-profits have been invited to begin planning to capitalize on the potential economic impact. The Visitors Bureau has also created on online page for updated news on the event.
The last total solar eclipse visible in Ohio was in 1806. The next total solar eclipse will not be visible in Ohio until the year 2099.