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Oregon towns start making the most of eclipse onslaught

Campers coming for Monday’s solar eclipse have started setting in vineyards near Salem, Oregon.
Campers coming for Monday’s solar eclipse have started setting in vineyards near Salem, Oregon. Courtesy

It’s Friday, and the eclipse bandwagon is on a roll in Oregon.

Salem was seeing the first campers set up in area vineyards.

“Vineyards having campers is a first for most of them,” said Kara Kuh, public relations manager for Travel Salem.

“Still no major traffic headaches coming into the Salem area as of right now,” she noted via email to The News Tribune. “Traffic is heavier than normal but no major back-up on freeways or highways in the area.”

“Our Travel Salem Visitors Center foot traffic has more than doubled today over what we would normally see on a Friday in August. Most coming in want to buy the certified eclipse viewing glasses. (We’re selling them for $1).”

Those hard-to-find-in-Tacoma viewing glasses were seen in stock at the Albany Fred Meyer.

As for Tacoma-area stores, “Fred Meyer is out of the eclipse glasses and will not be receiving additional shipments,” Kelli McGannon, a media representative for the chain, told The News Tribune on Friday.

Albany retailers are making the most of the experience, with souvenirs already 20 percent off in some stores and signs advertising “eclipse tires” on sale.

Debbie Cockrell: 253-597-8364, @Debbie_Cockrell

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