Total Eclipse

April 8, 2024

A total solar eclipse is set to occur Monday, April 8, 2024. This special event will darken the skies across a 124-mile stretch of Ohio, making it a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone in its path. The last time Ohio saw a total solar eclipse was more than 200 years ago in 1806.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, blocking all or part of the Sun’s light. 

Clark County is situated in the path of totality – the area in which a total solar eclipse can be seen. Individuals viewing the eclipse within the path of totality will see the moon entirely block the sun.  

There are three main types of solar eclipses:

Total Solar Eclipse: This occurs when the Moon completely covers the Sun, and the Sun’s outer atmosphere (corona) becomes visible. Total solar eclipses are a rare and spectacular event for observers within the narrow path of totality. The Clark County, Ohio area will experience this on April 8, 2024 at 3:53 pm and last for 2 minutes and 42 seconds.

Partial Solar Eclipse: In a partial solar eclipse, only a portion of the Sun is obscured by the Moon, and observers see a fraction of the Sun’s disk covered.

Annular Solar Eclipse: An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon covers the center of the Sun, leaving the Sun’s outer edges visible, creating a “ring of fire” effect. This occurs because the Moon is relatively farther from Earth in its elliptical orbit, and its apparent size is not large enough to completely cover the Sun.

Lots of community groups are hosting events in Clark County, including the Greater Springfield Partnership.

Click here to view a list of eclipse events in Clark County. 

Food

A food license is required in the state of Ohio to sell food under most circumstances, even temporary food service operations or food establishments. These applications are due 10 days prior to the event. Selling food is governed by Chapter 3717 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Temporary food license application: CLICK HERE

ORC 3717

(C) “Retail food establishment” means a premises or part of a premises where food is stored, processed, prepared, manufactured, or otherwise held or handled for retail sale. Except when expressly provided otherwise, “retail food establishment” includes a mobile retail food establishment, seasonal retail food establishment, and temporary retail food establishment.

(F) “Food service operation” means a place, location, site, or separate area where food intended to be served in individual portions is prepared or served for a charge or required donation. As used in this division, “served” means a response made to an order for one or more individual portions of food in a form that is edible without washing, cooking, or additional preparation and “prepared” means any action that affects a food other than receiving or maintaining it at the temperature at which it was received.

Campgrounds

A permit is required for all temporary campgrounds. These are governed by Chapter 3729 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and Chapter 3701-26 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).

Temporary Campground License Application: CLICK HERE

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