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Space Shuttle Astronaut, Charles D. Walker, to Address Crowd at Eclipse Over Lawrence County, Indiana



Bedford native and astronaut, Charles D. Walker
Bedford native and astronaut, Charles D. Walker

Bedford native and astronaut, Charles D. Walker will talk about his career as an astronaut and share scientific eclipse facts during his presentation on Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at the Eclipse Over Lawrence County event at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds in Bedford. A Purdue University graduate, this Hooser hero flew on three NASA Space Shuttle missions in the 1980s.


During his appearance and presentation at Eclipse Over Lawrence County at 11 a.m., Walker will talk about his experience on the space shuttle, explain the significance of the total solar eclipse and how to get the most out of viewing it.



MEDIA AVAILABILITY immediately following Walker’s presentation at or around noon. TO SCHEDULE AN INTERVIEW WITH ASTRONAUT CHARLES D. WALKER, contact Tonya Chastain at 812-278-6568 or tchastain@limestonecountry.com




Eclipse Over Lawrence County
The Eclipse Over Lawrence County will be packed with entertainment, programming, activities and celebrations from Friday, April 5 through Monday, April 8. All visiting eclipse enthusiasts and residents are welcome.



Friday, April 5 – admission is $5 per car

  • Carnival rides

  • Craft show

  • Food vendors

  • Cash bar


Band lineup:

  • 6:00 p.m.: The Summertime Band

  • 8:00 p.m.:  The Dynamics



Saturday, April 6 – admission is $5 per car

  • 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: 4K Run/Walk benefiting Agape Kids House

  • 11 a.m.: Astronaut Charles D. Walker presentation

  • Carnival rides

  • Craft show

  • Food vendors

  • Cash bar


Band lineup:

  • 2:00 p.m.: Jo & Kev

  • 3:30 p.m.:  Old & Gold

  • 6:00 p.m.:  Gran Torino

  • 8:00 p.m.:  The Rumors



Sunday, April 7 – admission is $5 per car

  • Carnival rides

  • Craft show

  • Food vendors

  • Cash bar


Band lineup:

  • 1:00 p.m.:  Brim Ministries Simple Church

  • 2:30 p.m.:  Karston Brim

  • 4:00 p.m.:  Vintage

  • 6:00 p.m.:  Cody Ikerd & the Sidewinders



Monday, April 8 – admission is $20 per car

Total Eclipse Day – gates open at 7 a.m.

  • Craft Show

  • Food Vendors

  • Special total eclipse parking and viewing

  • Official viewing glasses available, while supplies last


Campsites throughout Lawrence County are still available to reserve.


The Lawrence County Fairgrounds is located at 11265 US Highway 50 W, Bedford, Ind. 47421.

Lawrence County is home to three United States astronauts. Kenneth D. Bowersox and Charles D. Walker were both born in Bedford. Mitchell is the hometown of Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, the second American in space. You can visit the Gus Grissom Boyhood Home and the Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom Memorial museum inside Spring Mill State Park.


Lawrence County Tourism Commission: We refer to Lawrence County, Indiana as Limestone Country due to the stone terrain, caves and caverns found among the scenic rolling hills. Lawrence County limestone has been used to build Indiana University buildings, the Empire State Building in New York, the Pentagon, Biltmore Estate and the National Cathedral, among many other famous landmarks. Home of Spring Mill State Park and the Annual Mitchell Persimmon Festival, we invite you to visit our website for other local attractions and events. https://limestonecountry.com/


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