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Music City turns total solar eclipse into tourist event as largest city in its path

(WZTV/MGN)

Next month's total solar eclipse could be a tourist event that's not too far from rivaling the CMA Festival.

The Convention and Visitors Corp estimates as many as 75,000 out of town visitors will spend the night in Nashville for the big event.

Music City is the largest city in the path of the eclipse. Hotels are already practically full for the Sunday before the August 21 eclipse.

Nashville Paddle Company is one middle Tennessee business that's planning something special. Employees like Megan Gillon will be taking customers on a paddle on Percy Priest Lake to watch the eclipse.

"It's a very Nashville thing to do," Gillon said. "Come paddle board and look at the eclipse."

One of the largest events during the eclipse is planned at the Adventure Science Center. It has a full schedule of events planned Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Dr. Tiffany Farmer said the total solar eclipse is unlike any since 1918.

"This is the largest astronomical event that will happen in our lifetimes and to be here in Nashville coming right across our city is huge," said Farmer.

She said the Adventure Science Center is hearing from visitors who plan on coming in from across the globe.

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