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Wineries welcome new visitors for eclipse

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UNION COUNTY -- Lots of people from near and far spent eclipse weekend at Blue Sky Vineyard.

While most Sundays at Blue Sky Vineyard are pretty busy, this one is a little bit different. Busy with people from all over the world.

Common responses we got when asking people where they came from:

"Hi, we're from New York." 
"San Jose California."
"We came here from Arizona."
"St Louis Rocks!!!"

And those are just a few of the people in town.

One group came all the way from Spain.

And one man man traveled thousands of miles to come to southern Illinois for the eclipse. 

"We came all the way from Maui Hawaii," explained Daryl Scott.

That's right, Hawaii. 

He traveled over 4,000 miles to catch the eclipse. 

"I just knew that out of all the places in the planet that I wanted to be, at the spot with the longest duration, and this is it, it was well worth the journey," said Scott. 

Blue Sky will experience over two minutes of total darkness. 

And many visitors in town hope it all goes smooth.

"Blue skies, not a cloud. Let's pray. I want to see all all 2 minutes and 42 seconds because I've never seen a total solar eclipse," said one visitor.

And a couple from Jacksonville, Illinois tells me they'll celebrating 45 years of marriage here. 

"It's wonderful. We're really excited to be here but had no idea that this was going to happen on our 45th wedding anniversary," they said
 

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