This article was originally published by WDRB News on August 17, 2017 at 11 p.m.
It's nearly two hours from Hopkinsville, but Elizabethtown is cashing in on visitors for the solar eclipse. Some are paying astronomical prices for hotel rooms.
Most hotels in Elizabethtown are sold out on Sunday night, the night before the eclipse. As of Thursday night, one hotel had rooms still available for $433 per night.
One that's sold out, though, is the Wingfield Inn & Suites, which is gearing up for a big crowd this weekend.
"Italy, California, a lot from New Jersey, Canada, Michigan ... I'm getting a lot of people from out of state coming here just for the eclipse," said Todd Pollard, General Manager of Wingfield Inn & Suites.
"When you talk about reservation numbers, we're seeing almost a Kentucky Derby size."
He said online reservations in the city started to skyrocket three months ago.
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