Andrews was being referred to as Totality Town because it is the only city in North Carolina laying along the line where the moon would completely cover the sun during the August 21 solar eclipse. An added bragging point is the sun would be totally obscured in Andrews for 2 minutes and 38.4 seconds, only 1.7 seconds less than the worldwide maximum. To mark the occasion, three viewing sites were set up. Heritage Park was the recommended spot. It would accept as many walk-ins as could fit, but small spaces, 20 feet by 20 feet, were going for $35 each for persons who wanted to set up cameras and/or telescopes. If they wanted, they could even set up the night before and camp on their plot. A second spot, Bear Ridge, accommodated campers. People could sleep in their cars with access to the bath house for $10 a person. Tent and RV camping ran considerably higher, with a three-night minimum imposed. A third spot, Andrews Middle School, was selling 30 feet by 30 feet plots for $60 a night, right across the field from absolute dead center. Meals, souvenirs, talks, and demonstrations added to the festivities. The total eclipse would also pass over the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Rosman. Scientists watched with the observatory’s high-tech equipment, but totality only lasted 1 minute and 47 seconds there.