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The Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce sold eclipse T-shirts and glasses at its visitor's center last week. Union and Lumpkin County said early estimates show the eclipse resulted in a $250,000 economic impact for their counties.
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Two North Georgia counties say they experienced an economic boom from last week's eclipse.

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Tobie Chandler, tourism director for Blairsville-Union County’s Chamber of Commerce, said she had been planning for nearly a year to handle extra visitors for the eclipse.

"Totality was coming, and right when it started, everybody started cheering and hooting and hollering and applauding, and you just get goosebumps on your body, and that is what made everything absolutely worth it!”

People Flock To North Georgia To View The Eclipse

Aug 21, 2017
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Eclipse day is here, and revelers across the country are gearing up for the big event.

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In Georgia, people are making the trek to the part of the state that's in the solar eclipse's path of totality. 

Virginia Boudreaux and her family from Lafayette, Louisiana, traveled to a field in Dillard, Georgia, for the “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." 

For Boudreaux, her mom, grandmother, great-aunt and cousin, it’s family time.

Stores in Blairsville sold handmade eclipse gifts, like this magnet at Beads, Bags and Beyond.
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Millions of people are expected to travel to see the total solar eclipse later this month. The moon will block the sun, casting a shadow that will travel across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina.

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Eclipse Brings Tourism Boost For Georgia's Mountains

Jul 28, 2017
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Georgia mountain communities are expecting a tourism rush for next month's solar eclipse. 

Rabun County is Georgia's most northeastern county and will see a total eclipse. Teka Earnhardt directs tourism there, and she said hotels and rental properties are fully booked.

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"We had one of our bed and breakfasts that booked up completely within two days of sending out an email to their folks 14 months ago,” Earnhardt said.

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On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will slide across the United States, visible in a strip of land from Oregon to South Carolina, including in a corner of northeast Georgia.

There will be a partial eclipse in a much broader area, but in the path of totality, including in Rabun County, the moon will completely block out the sun, the stars will come out, and the temperature will drop.

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