Total Solar Eclipse - July 2, 2019
Total Solar Eclipse - July 2, 2019 by NASA Goddard Photo and Video is licensed under CC-BY 2.0

A solar eclipse countdown clock is being unveiled as part of a celebration leading up to the historic event. 

Richmond/Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau and Primex Design & Fabrication are planning the celebration at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at Old National Road Welcome Center, 5701 National Road E., Richmond. 

Primex’s clock will travel to various locations across Richmond until April 8. 

The first 100 attendees will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses and an eclipse cling. Refreshments and prizes are also planned.  

During the event, Primex staff will introduce their one and two-person hand-held eclipse viewers and yard signs. 

The welcome center is currently selling protective eyewear, hand-held viewers, yard signs, T-shirts, hats and other memorabilia.

At least 50 local events and experiences are planned from April 5-8, and more information is available at

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A version of this article appeared in the February 21 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.