On August 21st a total solar eclipse will occur. Portions of Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and other states will be prime viewing areas, mostly in rural, sparsely populated areas. If you plan to travel somewhere to view the eclipse or want to sell food or memorabilia, be sure you are a good citizen, obeying local laws and showing courtesy to fellow viewers.
If you have not yet reserved a campsite or a room at a hotel or motel, it may be too late. If you were fortunate enough to secure space, be aware that with the expected influx of visitors, it may be difficult to secure food, water, and gas unless you bring your own. Small towns are not typically prepared to accommodate the needs of large crowds. When you prepare to leave, don’t be surprised by long lines of traffic on roadways. As a good citizen, be sure to leave your campsite or room in better condition than you found it.
Those who plan to sell memorabilia, food or beverages will need to comply with local and state laws. Merchants need a temporary vendor’s permit secured from the city clerk’s office in the town where sales will occur. Don’t wait until the last minute to apply or you may be out of luck. Vendors also need a temporary sales tax permit, which can be printed from the Idaho State Tax Commission’s website.
Viewing the eclipse may be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Let’s do our part to make it a pleasantly memorable event. And be sure you have the appropriate glasses to protect your eyes from damage.