On Monday, April 8, 2024, people within a 124-mile-wide band in the state of Ohio will experience a total solar eclipse.

Hardin County is located directly in the line of totality and will have one of the longest viewing experiences in the state.

A total solar eclipse is a rare and spectacular event. On average, one happens somewhere on the Earth only once every 1.5 years. Only 21 total solar eclipses have crossed the lower 48 states in the entire existence of the United States.

The last total solar eclipse visible in Ohio was in 1806. The next total solar eclipse in Ohio will be in the year 2444.

Designated Viewing Space

The Hardin County Commissioners Office has requested that the grounds be utilized as a public viewing location. Anyone and everyone will be invited to the fairgrounds to view this spectacular occurrence of nature!


Camped at the fair before? Camping for the eclipse does not have any bearing on your fair campsite. Your campsite will remain intact for the Hardin County Fair. All bookings must be made through the online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! You must book your campsite online. Camping is $25/night and is due at the front office upon checking in.

No. All Hardin County-owned property is smoke-free. Please refrain from smoking during your time on the fairgrounds.

No. There will not be any rides on the fairgrounds during the April eclipse. Guests are invited to ride rides and play games during the Hardin County Fair in September!

If visiting for the day

Please park on the black top if possible, and use the West parking lot for overflow if weather conditions allow.

If camping

Although it may seem like a tight fit, you can park two vehicles on your campsite. Please park your vehicles on your campsite if you are camping.

Always call 9-1-1 in an emergency.

More Eclipse Information

The 2024 eclipse is an incredible opportunity for Hardin County, and there are several hardworking individuals across the county. The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance serves as the hub for all eclipse information.