ECLIPSE 2017: Capitol cleanup wraps up eclipse festivities
JEFFERSON CITY —
After months of planning and coordination the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau wrapped up Eclipse 2017 events Monday.
Cleanup on the Capitol grounds involved vendors packing up their things and vacating the area. Some visitors trailed behind to continue taking photos at the capitol building.
Katherine Reed from JCCVB said turnout was slightly lower than they expected, but the number of people made the event go well.
"I think everything today went really smooth," she said. "We had a great turnout, and I think having less than expected turnout really helped us. We had a great group of volunteers, a great staff. NASA was great to work with. Everyone was just in good spirits today and excited to witness a total solar eclipse."
She estimated 15,000 people came to the Capitol grounds to view the eclipse. Despite running around organizing things, Reed said she got a chance to look up at the sky too.
"I'm feeling ecstatic," she said. "That was one of the coolest things I've ever experienced besides my children being born. I just think that was so neat hearing the crowd all cheering together at the same time witnessing the total solar eclipse it was just such an amazing experience."