Mayor Baker on Individual Eclipse Preparations
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(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Great American Eclipse is little over one month away and it’s on everybody’s mind these days, resulting in a lot of questions. The idea that a single natural event might double the number of people in the state may even make some people cringe.
You may find yourself feeling somewhat lost if you’re not a member of a “planning committee.” So what do the eclipse and the influx of tourists mean for the average resident of Fremont County?
In our quest to get you answers, County 10 reached out to Lars Baker, Mayor of the City of Riverton.
“If we end up with a lot of people in town, we’ll just have to do a little planning in advance, individually, to make sure that we’ve got the food that we need and gas in our car from a couple of days before so that we’re not competing with the people who are coming to Riverton for a visit for a day or two. That way they’ll have a pleasant experience. The folks that live here will have to be patient,” Baker said.
Several businesses in the community have expressed their hopes that the eclipse might bring more regular tourism to the city and the state in years to come. Baker explained, “If they [out-of-towners] have a good experience while they’re here, maybe they’ll come back. We might use the experience of the eclipse to further benefit tourism in the city.”