The Mexico community will celebrate the solar eclipse with a weekend event. "The Great American Eclipse" a weekend event will be held August 19-21.

A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, completely covering the sun’s disk. As a result, the moon casts a shadow — literally a big black spot — on the earth, and- moves across the planet’s surface at between 1,000 and 3,000 mph. People standing on the shadow’s path experience anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes of “totality,” the period of time when the sun is completely blocked. Since total eclipses happen during the day, viewers must be as close to the centerline of the shadow’s path as possible in order to maximize the experience. In the case of the August 21 eclipse, the path will average about 70 miles wide.

Megan Harrington, with the city Parks and Recreation, and a member of the committee said three days of events have been planned with the climax at Green Estates Park for the viewing of the solar eclipse.

The events begin August 19 on the Mexico square. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. there will be Dark Day Downtown Special Promotions and sidewalk sales at local businesses and restaurants. Brick City Bad Boys Cruise Night begins at 5 p.m. A special Dark Day Downtown Production will be held at dusk.

The celebration continues Sunday evening with the YMCA sponsoring a family event at Lakeview Park. A free cookout, games, activities, and MACC educational activities will be held beginning at 6 p.m. At 8:30 p.m. there will be a glow relay fun run.

On the day of the big event, activities begin at 10 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m. There will be live music, food truck, and free solar shades. The eclipse totality is at 1:13 p.m.

"Bring your lawn chairs, blankets. Come out and enjoy the music and watch the eclipse," Harrington said.

The committee for Mexico's events is Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce, Mexico Public Schools, Mexico Area Family YMCA, Moberly Area Community College, Mexico Public Safety and Mexico Parks and Recreation Department.

Harrington said their is a Facebook page greatamericaneclipse-mexico.mo with more information.

The committee is also selling #DarkDayMexMO T-shirts for $15, solar shades for $2 and posters for $8. They may be purchased at the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce.