2017 Solar Eclipse

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Welcome to the official page of the Great American Eclipse for the Madisonville – Hopkins County area. You will find all the information  needed to make your Solar Madness experience a great one!

Millions of Americans will see the sight of a lifetime on August 21, 2017 when a rare total solar eclipse sweeps the nation from Oregon to South Carolina. Day will turn to night  and the sky’s most beautiful spectacle, the Sun’s corona, will reveal itself in grandeur.

Visitors to this area will experience darkness in totality beginning at 1:24 pm from 2 minutes 31 seconds in Dawson Springs to 1 minute 47 seconds in Madisonville and points in between.

For more information about the total solar eclipse, please visit





Independence Bank President Kent Mills announced plans to host a FREE outdoor concert in celebration of the growth they are experiencing in the market.  The headlining talent for the Sounds of Independence will be Jennifer Nettles.  The concert will take place on Saturday, August 19th in Madisonville, KY at the Ballard Convention Center and Fairgrounds.  The concert will be outdoors rain or shine.  The weekend is centered around the events taking place leading up to the solar eclipse on Monday.  Nettles has been credited as one of the most admired and animated performers of her time.  She has been honored by her songwriting abilities with five awards for her #1 Platinum hit “Stay,” that also earned her GRAMMY, ACM and CMA awards.  She is the first female artist since 1972 to be the female solo songwriter artist on an ACM Song of the year winner.  Her powerhouse vocals and vivacious energy earned her the Crystal Milestone Award for her outstanding performances.  For additional concert information and details please visit


Solar MADness 2017 Festival Schedule of Events

Friday, August 18, 2017

 5 – 10 pm.  Friday Night Live – Downtown Madisonville

Friday Night Live Summer Concert Series featuring Conch Republic, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, food vendors, games, activities and more

5 – 9 pm. MadCity Street Market – Sugg Street, Downtown Madisonville

MadCity Street Market featuring local made products, food and live music!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

8 am – 12 pm  MadCity Street Market – Sugg Street, Downtown Madisonville

MadCity Street Market continues featuring lots of locally made products, food and live music!

10 am – 2 pm  Total Eclipse of the Park – Madisonville Skatepark located on Sugg Street

NHS Skateboard Demonstration by professional skateboarders

11am – 4 pm   Solarpalooza – Madisonville City Park

Bring your family out to the Madisonville City Park for “Solar City”, bounce houses, slides and obstacle courses, human foosball tournament, outdoor laser tag, golf scramble, homerun derby and more!  Food vendors will be on hand!

6pm – 11 pm Independence Bank Concert  – Hopkins County Fairgrounds

Headlining this FREE concert will be Jennifer Nettles, one of the most admired and animated performers of her time!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

2 pm – 8 pm  MAD Mix of Music Fest – Mahr Park at Hidden Hills Farm

Co-sponsored by the City of Madisonville and Mad Mix 106. Musicians include: The Pilgrim Project, Barry Potter & the Hosscats, Alonzo Pennington, and King of the Blues Boscoe France. Bring your chair or a blanket.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Viewing Locations

Covenant Community Church – 1055 North Main Street, Madisonville, KY 42431

Easy access off of I69, Exit 116 on North Main Street, the church will provide indoor restroom facilities, food trucks, and bounce houses for the kids beginning at 10 am.  For more information, call the church at 270-821-2000.

Madisonville City Park – 745 City Park Drive, Madisonville, KY 42431

Easy access off I69, Exit 114, this viewing location will  offer onsite parking, food vendors, and first aid stations.  For more information, call 270-824-2100

Mahr Park at Hidden Hills Farm – 642 Nebo Road, Madisonville, KY 42431

Easy access off I69, Exit 116, this viewing location will offer onsite parking, food vendors, first aid station, tethered balloon rides, park tours, kayaking and more.  For more information, call 270-824-2100.

Madisonville Community College – 2000 College Drive, Madisonville, KY 42431

Easy access off I69, Exit 116, MCC will offer viewing from their parking lots, with NASA consultant Billy Hix guiding viewers through stages of the eclipse. For more information, call 270-821-2250.

American Legion – 856 Legion Drive, Madisonville, KY 42431

Visit the American Legion to view the eclipse from their parking area for $10 per vehicle. Primitive camping is also available for $25. For more information, call 270-821-9161.

Elks BPOE #738 – 875 Princeton Road, Madisonville, KY 42431

Approximately 3 miles from I69, Exit 114, Elks Lodge offers parking $20 per vehicle and concessions. The Elks Lodge is also a designated stop on the Madisonville Transit, so guests can visit other sites in town. For more information, call 270-821-3702.


“The Eclipse at Madisonville Community College”


Saturday, August 19, 2017 – 2 pm.  Total Solar Eclipse 2017:  Celestial Dynamics and Eclipse Chasing

Don’t miss out on this free educational seminar presented by MCC Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Aseem Talukar and Dr. George Steedly of Webster County to be held on the campus of Madisonville Community College located at 2000 College Drive.  Discussion will include a review of the science behind an eclipse, safe viewing and photographing of the eclipse, and Steedly’s personal eclipse chasing experiences.

Sunday, August 20, 2017 – 2 – 2:45 pm. & 3 – 3:45 pm  Planetarium Seminar:  The Night Skies Around Us

How often can you see the stars in the middle of the day?  Well you can!  Along with seeing the stars in the night sky, one will travel to distant galaxies and to the moons of Jupiter as well.  Billy Hix, director of STEM outreach at Motlow College and a NASA faculty fellow, presents his portable planetarium  at Glema Mahr Center for the Arts on the campus of Madisonville Community College.  Hix has worked with thousands of students, teachers and the public inside his planetarium and promises that it will be a “WOW” event as everyone gets warmed up for the solar eclipse the next day.

Monday, August 21, 2017 –  The Event: The 2017 Solar Eclipse

NASA Consultant Billy Hix will guide sky watchers through the total solar eclipse. Parking lots open at 8 am; eclipse begins at 11:56 am. Carpooling is recommended. Eclipse glasses are required to safely view the eclipse. A limited number will be distributed during the event. Eclipse viewers are encouraged to bring chairs and sunscreen. Vending machines are available and the MCC Bookstore will offer refreshments for purchase.


Friday, August 19 – Monday, August 21, 2017     Dawson Springs Events

Special cultural displays at the Dawson Springs Museum and Art Center and the Darby House Welcome Center reliving the former famous health resort of the upper south’s history.  Educational sessions will take place at Riverside Park and Downtown Dawson Springs on Saturday at 10 am and 2 pm.

Live bands will perform at each main camping location on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 10 pm.  Enjoy gospel music on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm at both locations. Vendors will offer a wide variety of arts and crafts, eclipse specialties, and a wide variety of foods.  There will be a water slide at Riverside Park on Monday along with water sprayers downtown.  Celestial Harmony will be performing at Redemption City in downtown Dawson Springs at 10 am and 11:30 am on Monday.


Dawson Springs

320 affordable campsites – 50′ x 50′ with 20′ turnaround

Sewage removal  and potable water available

$100 per night (two-night minimum) $50 each additional night includes event passes

Located off I69 Exit 92

Contact:  270-797-2781 or



Hopkins County Fairgrounds

605 East Arch Street, Madisonville

Located one mile off I69 Exit 114

Prime camping with electricity, water and dump station

Contact:  270-792-9011  or


American Legion

856 Legion Drive, Madisonville

Located approximately 3.5 miles off I69 Exit 114

Primitive camping

Contact: 270-821-9161


Lodging Directory

Please visit the STAY page of this website and call the lodging facility directly for rates and availability.  FREE eclipse viewing glasses for all lodging guests!  For other suggestions on places to stay, call the Hopkins County Tourist & Convention Commission at 270-821-4171.