CERA eclipse party promising the moon (and sun)

Green Timbre, shown performing last year locally, is among the live entertainment scheduled at CERA Sports Park & Campground’s Solar Eclipse Party Weekend from Friday through Monday.

The Republic file photo

The sky’s the limit for the Total Solar Eclipse Party Weekend at CERA Sports Park & Campground.

So say leaders of one of the area’s more popular recreation areas for its Friday-through-Monday schedule that includes nightly concerts, food trucks, and a 9 p.m. Sunday spectacular of fireworks, along with a light show — all in conjunction with the Columbus Area Visitors Center.

And all before Mother Nature highlights the eclipse at about 3 p.m. Monday.

If this were a typical Fourth of July four-day soiree, there would be about 10,000 visitors, according to Corey Behymer, assistant executive director at the park in southeastern Bartholomew County.

But Behymer stressed that there is little typical about this weekend because a total solar eclipse is unprecedented here in modern times.

“I really wish I could tell you how many people we might see,” she said, adding that there is plenty of room for crowds.

She believes part of the attendance could hinge on the weather forecast. At press time, the extended forecast called for partly sunny skies and high temperatures in the low 70s.

The park has a $10 per vehicle entry fee Friday through Monday.

Jim Kreutzjans, executive director at CERA Sports Park & Campground, is looking forward to the festivities.

“This event,” he said “presents a unique opportunity for (both) guests that are local and outside the area to come together and celebrate the event in a fun and engaging environment.”

Besides a spacious campground, the 345-acre park offers various outdoor sports fields such as softball diamonds, plus tennis courts, sand volleyball, bounce houses, cricket, cornhole, horseshoe pits, miniature golf, trap and skeet ranges, a go kart track, The Landing Adult Gathering Place and more.

The nightly musical lineup at The Landing features local acts such as veterans Green Timbre on Friday and newer Columbus entertainment such as the acoustic duo of Mike Duvall and Venky Sankaranarayanan, known as The DuVenky Code, on Saturday. The two play everything from the Eagles to Creedence Clearwater Revival, and also are scheduled to play Sunday at Hotel Indigo’s eclipse celebration.

CERA’s full weekend schedule: ceraland.org/solareclipse

More eclipse events: Go! Guide, Pages D2-3