Anna Wilcox Talks Eclipse Fest





Casper, Wyoming - Can you believe it's been a month since the eclipse.  Casper's date with destiny, where were you when it happened? Tourism officials still waiting for the final totals; like how many people were here and how much they spent. But the reviews are still coming from those who experienced it.


The streets once filled with thousands of people, now seemingly desolate on a Thursday afternoon. The Eclipse Festival brought throngs of people to Casper from all over the world. Now, one month later, Anna Wilcox is able to breathe a little easier telling us confidently things couldn't have been more fluid.


“We've had follow up meetings with the original partners as well as our a team police, fire, county health ect. and its positive overall, every single person. The incidents were low, everything worked so smoothly,” said Wilcox.


The festival unparalleled in the Oil City, seen as one of the best places in the universe to view the total eclipse with mostly clear skies, tons of streets of vendors, and the opening of David Street Station.


“This downtown area was put together very well. David St Station, getting that open in time for that was spectacular,” said one resident.


The feedback from those who attended continues to roll in and what they're saying speaks volumes about the experience they had here.


“They're not just thanking the festival. They're not just thanking agencies in Casper. They're thanking the community for opening up their doors and welcoming them,” said Wilcox. “They're thanking them for literally saying ‘Hi’ to every visitor that walked by.”


There may even be some kind of public display in the works recognizing Casper's moment in the sun. Make that lack of sun for two and a half minutes.


“I think that we'll see a couple of public art type exhibits that somebody can walk through and read some of those letters, see some of the photos that were taken during the event. Experience or relive all of that again,” Wilcox said.


Like any mega event there's good and bad. Some intended results, some not so intended. Some say the businesses outside of downtown struggled.


“Because we're on the I-25 ride going south, we got a ton of business as everybody was leaving. But I wanna say everybody that wasn't downtown or in the downtown area was almost excluded from the majority of the economic impact,” said a local bartender, Donivan Lattimer.

Anna Wilcox, our purveyor to the stars, will stick around until November analyzing and crunching the numbers. Thankfully it was sunny that Monday. That one you can't plan for; it's got to be in the cards.