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Vendors In Madras Still Waiting For Eclipse Crowds To Arrive


Dan Mills from Santa Cruz, Ca. plays his guitar in front of his camper at the Madras Municipal Airport Solarport campground on Friday evening.

Dan Mills from Santa Cruz, Ca. plays his guitar in front of his camper at the Madras Municipal Airport Solarport campground on Friday evening.

Rhianna Gelhart/The Register-Guard

It wasn’t quite the crowd that vendors were picturing at the Madras Municipal Airport on Saturday.

Vendors set up on the tarmac were disappointed Friday and Saturday­ with the number of people at the venue.

 About 25,000 people were expected to fly, drive and bus into the airport grounds over the weekend for Monday’s total solar eclipse, but only a fraction of the estimated crowd had arrived by Saturday morning.

Officials had a different viewpoint on the unexpected lack of crowds on Oregon roadways: So far, so good.

Read more at the Register-Guard.

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