GENESEO, N.Y., Aug. 16, 2023 – Livingston County Tourism is offering funding to eligible applicants who seek to bolster tourism-driven events and draw visitors to the County during next year’s rare total solar eclipse.
On April 8, 2024, Livingston County will be in the direct path of a total solar eclipse, which occurs when the moon completely covers the face of the sun, casting a shadow on the Earth. It will be the first total solar eclipse in the area in nearly 100 years. The last total solar eclipse in Livingston County occurred in 1925 and the next will not happen again until 2144. Additionally, all areas within the County will experience total darkness for several minutes, the longest of which will be 3:33 in Caledonia, making it an ideal travel destination for eclipse seekers.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for municipalities, tourism-related businesses, community groups and non-profit organizations to help welcome those visiting Livingston County during this once-in-a-lifetime event,” added Kelly Burns, Livingston County’s Director of Tourism. “With the entire County included in the path of totality, Livingston County is ready to be your Dark Sky Destination come April.”
With an estimated 350,000-500,000 visitors expected to travel to the Finger Lakes region for the
eclipse, Livingston County communities and businesses have an opportunity to draw in residents and tourists. This is not only an opportunity for those who are fascinated by interplanetary movements and the solar system, but for residents to experience the awe and wonder of a total solar eclipse. This event will also be an opportunity for businesses to capitalize on the influx of visitors and showcase all that the area has to offer.
Funding will focus on thoroughly planned events that will draw residents and tourists to Livingston County. Applications, which are due Friday, September 1st, can be submitted electronically to email@example.com or in person/by mail to Livingston County Tourism, 6 Court Street, Geneseo, N.Y. 14454. Any questions regarding the program should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Eclipse Event Fund” in the subject line.
To learn more about the program’s goals and guidelines and to access an application, please visit the Livingston County Tourism website.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.