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“The likelihood of this type of event occurring is extremely rare,” said Dawn Davies, director of the night sky program at the Hill Country Alliance. An amateur astronomer and a NASA. eclipse ambassador, Ms Davies leads the alliance’s efforts to organize and support eclipse events in the area. Although Saturday was a test, she said, the group has also drawn on the experiences of towns and cities along the path of the 2017 eclipse from Oregon to South Carolina, which “really surprised a lot of people.”

Patricia Moore, executive director of the Bandera County Convention and Visitors Bureau, barely waited for the annulment moment to pass on Saturday before telling me: “Now is the time to start reserving” accommodation for April. At the nearby Best Western, rooms for that eclipse cost about $1,100 a night, Moore said.

In Bandera, the self-proclaimed Cowboy Capital of the World, this eclipse came with wagon rides, Old West gunfight reenactments, and an outrageously long-horned bull named Redneck. In addition to the viewing party at the natural history museum, where replicas of prehistoric creatures are seen outside and an impressive collection of artwork from New Spain is on display, there were other events throughout the city. For the total eclipse, more celebrations will most likely be added, and all of them will be larger and spread over at least three days, since April 8 falls on a Monday.

A little more than an hour away, in the small town of Junction, Macy Brooks, the organizer of the Texclipse Music Festival, also plans to grow in April. Their event, which featured music, chili cooking, strings and songwriting, salsa and margarita competitions on Friday and Saturday, will be held again April 6-8. Brooks wants to expand by attracting more famous musical groups to the festival, adding activities such as bull riding and offering a camping area with bus service. She will also host Elope at the Eclipse: for a fee of $100, which does not include a marriage license, couples attending the festival can get married with an ordained minister and photographer on site.

Josh White, owner of Arrowhead Creek, a vineyard in Stonewall, is planning a relatively quiet event at its winery in April. Depending on staffing, it will offer 250 seats, first to members of its wine club and then to the public.

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