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Solar eclipse camping and RV sites are available, with some offering entertainment.
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Published on July 31, 2017 10:14AM

Jarvis Kennedy of the Burns Paiute Tribe points out the land where the tribe is inviting guests to stay for the solar eclipse.

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Jarvis Kennedy of the Burns Paiute Tribe points out the land where the tribe is inviting guests to stay for the solar eclipse.

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Burns Paiute property near Mt. Vernon will be one of many campsites open for visitors to Grant County for the weekend of the solar eclipse, which takes place Monday, Aug. 21.

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Burns Paiute property near Mt. Vernon will be one of many campsites open for visitors to Grant County for the weekend of the solar eclipse, which takes place Monday, Aug. 21.

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Readying a spot outside Mt. Vernon for eclipse visitors are, from left, are brothers Nathan Kennedy and Jarvis Kennedy, as well as Nalani Harvey, Ralph Honhongva and Ambrosia Snapp of Burns. The Burns Paiute Tribe will hold an eclipse venue for camping and RVing and entertainment during the weekend of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse.

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Readying a spot outside Mt. Vernon for eclipse visitors are, from left, are brothers Nathan Kennedy and Jarvis Kennedy, as well as Nalani Harvey, Ralph Honhongva and Ambrosia Snapp of Burns. The Burns Paiute Tribe will hold an eclipse venue for camping and RVing and entertainment during the weekend of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse.

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A group gathers to work on clearing brush and weeds on Burns Paiute property, three miles north of Mt. Vernon, in preparation for solar eclipse guests.

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A group gathers to work on clearing brush and weeds on Burns Paiute property, three miles north of Mt. Vernon, in preparation for solar eclipse guests.

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Taking a break from working on Pandyfest solar eclipse campsite in John Day are Weaver family members, from left, Jarrod Weaver, Mandy Weaver, Jim Weaver and Mary Weaver.

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Taking a break from working on Pandyfest solar eclipse campsite in John Day are Weaver family members, from left, Jarrod Weaver, Mandy Weaver, Jim Weaver and Mary Weaver.

Having fun while helping get the Pandyfest ready are, from left, Jakayla Lawson, Paige Weaver, Whitney Harris and Ashlynn Harris.

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Having fun while helping get the Pandyfest ready are, from left, Jakayla Lawson, Paige Weaver, Whitney Harris and Ashlynn Harris.

Jim Weaver is busy building showers for the Pandyfest attendees at his John Day property.

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Jim Weaver is busy building showers for the Pandyfest attendees at his John Day property.


There are just 32 days left as the total solar eclipse countdown continues.

Some say the Monday, Aug. 21, celestial event will be an experience of a lifetime.

Camping and RV sites, which have popped up throughout Grant County, are filling up.

The campsites will offer observers a view of the two minutes of totality, and some will also host a weekend of entertainment.

The Burns Paiute Tribe is hosting cultural event called Experience Beechcreek for campers.

Located 2-3 miles north of Mt. Vernon off of Highway 395, the weekend will include drumming, singing, dancing, native stories and games for the kids on Saturday, and comedian entertainment on Sunday.

Jarvis Kennedy, a tribal council member, said the property includes 300 tent sites and 100 RV spots with space for vendors.

Tepees will be set up near a cabin on site, and a check-in office will provide a respite for elderly to cool off.

The tribe purchased the 2,400-acre property in March of 2016, and Kennedy said it includes aboriginal territories of the natives.

“We’re just trying to have a community gathering with not just the Burns Paiute people but with all the people of this area and visitors to celebrate this eclipse,” Kennedy said.

For more information, call Kennedy at 541-589-4191.

“Pandyfest,” hosted by the Weaver family on West Bench Road in John Day, includes two nights of camping, four meals, entertainment from six Portland bands, a 100-foot slip and slide and other backyard games.

Mandy Weaver, who is spearheading the event with her husband, Patrick — the combination of their two names creating the word “Pandy” — said they have 20 tent spots left with 60 spots already rented to 105 people.

Locals who want in on the fun can purchase a day pass for dinner and entertainment for $50. There are about 25 weekend passes left.

“There are many things I’m looking forward to over the Pandyfest weekend, but some major highlights are time with friends and family surrounded by rocking music, tasty food and an epic celestial experience,” Mandy said. “Counting down the days!”

For more information, visit pandyfest.com online.

Several other campsites and venues are also available in Grant County.

In Prairie City, the Emmel Ranch will have camping spots near the downtown area in a field adjacent to the Prairie City Wood Products property, and the Riccos will also offer camping and parking for a view of the eclipse 1.2 miles south of Prairie City on Strawberry Wilderness Road (County Road 60).

Long Creek School has tent and RV spots available, and there will be a Portland State University learning center at the school with a telescope for viewing the night sky. The NOAA weather center will also be at Long Creek City Hall. For more information, visit easternoregoneclipse.com or call the school at 541-421-3896 or Jennie Freeman at 541-508-9247.

Other spots, including a few home rentals, are listed at the Grant County Chamber of Commerce website, gcoregonlive.com, or call them at 541-575-0547.

“There are still a lot of accommodations available,” said chamber office manager Tammy Bremner.


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Grant County Chamber of Commerce office manager Tammy Bremner said there will be public showers at the Industrial Park and anyone can pay for a shower there.

HECS has a large room with cots for a large group at the Industrial building, and they’ll have a large tent with five cots. Showers are included with those reservations.

The chamber has porta potties for rent, and Bremner recommends business owners rent one to place on their properties.

She noted 20,000 copies of a new Grant County map will be available Thursday, Aug. 10.

Made available by Grant County Economic Development and Firewise, Bremner said they are well done and can be found at the chamber and other locations.













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