Madras eclipse camps still have some spots
Many of the eclipse campsites are sold out, but a few reported still having vacancies.
The three biggest venues are full: SolarFest, SolarTown, Juniper Hills, and MADclipse Parking.
SolarFest, at the fairgrounds, has filled all 360 spots, and SolarTown, at U.S. Highway 26 and Dogwood Lane north of Madras, has filled its 5,075 spots. Two cell towers on wheels have been set up at the fairgrounds to handle all the extra cell phone users.
"We have people coming from 34 countries and all 50 states," said Kelly Simmelink, one of the organizers.
MADclips Parking's 1,800 day trip spaces up by the airport sold out on Aug. 10, according to Madras Public Works Director Jeff Hurd. "We have port-a-potties and trash cans coming, and a water truck to wet things down so we don't cause any fires," Hurd said.
Jennifer Holcomb reported that the Juniper Hills Little League Campground is sold out for RV camping. "We're at 90 percent capacity," she said noting they have a total of 70 RV spots, 250 tent areas, and 450 day parking passes.
Some 53 volunteers began setup Sunday night on the grassy fields, which have to have lines painted for all the spots, signage put up and areas marked for six food vendors.
The Madras Aquatic Center reported that 1,000 presale tickets have been sold for the use of its pools.
Many farms and individuals are also offering campsites.
Camp of Eclipse Totality, on Gumwood Lane, had all but 25 of its 303 sites sold. Trish Hansen said, "We only have one or two people per site, which is good, and it's mostly tents. We have 20 port-a-potties because we'd rather be safe than sorry."
At Earthly Delights "glamping" event on Dover Lane, Christina Carpenter said, "We're still getting calls. We have 225 camp spots and 525 people coming."
On R&D Ranch, on Loucks Road, Rick Foss reported they were getting close to being full, and estimated they have 1,200-1,300 people coming. "We've set up port-a-potties, primitive showers, and have a first-aid station in a tent with a firs- aid-trained person," he said. They also have arranged for food vendors, and a refrigerated trailer to keep things cold.
The 13-acre Totality Awesome campground at Belmont Lane and Highway 361 has almost filled all of its 168 spots. Facilities include port-a-potties, water and trash service. "We have a camp store, that's a 24-foot trailer full of everything from bottled water, food, suntan lotion, and batteries, to sleeping bags. There will be barbecue and coffee vendors and we are sharing a water truck to keep dust down on the roads," said Kim Patterson, who is running the site with Teresa Nelson.
Some of the sites reported still having openings, as of Aug. 10.
At Fine Farms Camping, on Columbia Drive, Suzie Fine said, "We have 20 RVs coming, mostly from California and Washington," but have room for many more.
Gisler Campground, just off U.S. 26, on Hess and Harris streets, has a lot next to a business blocked off for dry camping for RVs and day parking. Joel Gisler put up a sign, but said bookings were slow because he was too late to get into the chamber's listings. Call him at 541-815-0966 for information.
Di's Family Friendly Solar Eclipse Campground, on Henderson Drive had 150 spots left. Diane McKenzie-Green said when she tells people their camp is an alcohol-free site, several aren't interested.
The site is for tenting only, and people need to bring their own tent, lawn chairs, and food. The campground provides port-a-potties, cold running water, and trash containers. There is a three-night, four-day minimum. She can be reached at 541-633-6635.
"Our place is at the center path of totality, with no obstructed view. We have people coming from Japan, Canada, France, and Los Angles, and we're excited," McKenzie- Green said.
To book a spot, and for more information on these and many more camping sites, visit the Madras-Jefferson County eclipse listings at http://madraseclipse.com/stay.