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Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center® to give away special treats for August 21st solar eclipse

Guests invited to enjoy free SunChips®; moon pies




August 16, 2017


(Huntsville, AL) – It’s an event nearly 100 years in the making – for the first time since 1918, on Monday, August 21st, the entire contiguous United States will witness a total solar eclipse. With Huntsville being the Rocket City, a city with incredibly close ties to space exploration, it seems only fitting that the Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center® would celebrate the eclipse in a special way. So, on August 21st, the Visitor Center will be giving away free SunChips® and moon pies to all visitors throughout the day, while supplies last.


The Visitor Center is prepared with enough supplies to distribute 300 bags of chips and 300 moon pies, so while the treats are expected to last throughout the day, those interested are encouraged to come by early.


According to predictions from NASA, Huntsville will experience the eclipse at around 97% totality. The eclipse will begin at 12:00 p.m. and will continue to be partially visible until around 2:56 p.m.


“This is a once in a lifetime event, one that is made even more spectacular by witnessing it in a city renowned for our contributions to space exploration and taking man to the moon. Visitors will be experiencing the eclipse through various special events and activities throughout the community, so of course we want that celebration extended to the Visitor Center as well,” said Judy Ryals, President/CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).


Several Huntsville attractions will host special eclipse-viewing events, including the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the Huntsville Botanical Garden, and others.


Visitors and locals can check out the event calendar on for information on additional activities.


The Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center is located at 500 Church Street NW, and is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.


For more information, contact Kristen Pepper, Marketing Manager for the CVB, at or 256.551.2294.




About Huntsville/Madison County CVB

The Huntsville/Madison County (CVB) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization which was developed in 1970 to create economic growth for Huntsville/Madison County by marketing the community as a top-of-mind convention and visitor destination. The CVB partners with an array of hospitality industry partners to market our destination to visitors of all types.