Meet the couple behind Stapleton Eclipse 2017

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The solar eclipse is less than one month away and there is one couple in Stapleton who has been leading the effort to prepare their community for it.

Gary and Liz Johnson are the coordinators for Stapleton Eclipse 2017, a non-profit committee set up to organize an event in their town for the thousands of spectators expected to come.

The couple started preparing for the event nearly two years ago. Gary is a retired High School science teacher in Stapleton who used to teach about solar eclipses.

They plan on selling 10,000 tickets for people to watch the eclipse at the county fairgrounds. Each ticket will come with a free water and eclipse glasses to protect people's eyes.

They also have hired private security that will be on scene. This will allow the sheriff's office to respond to other situations in the area. They say they still have some lose ends to tie up before the big day.

"The first thing we have to figure out is what we're going to do on the day of the eclipse and what we're going to be able to provide for people and how to provide it to people. Another thing would be entertainment other than during the day of the eclipse so those are some of the things," said Gary Johnson.

The couple says if you do plan to come, you should get to town around 9am to guarantee a ticket.

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