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More than 200 couples marry at ‘Elope at the Eclipse’ event in Arkansas

More than 200 couples wed at an event held in Russellville, Arkansas, on Monday, just before the total solar eclipse.

The event, titled “Elope at the Eclipse,” drew hundreds of people to tie the knot at the moment of totality. CNN and Field report. Complete combustion there lasted four minutes.

The ceremony was scheduled to begin around 1:30pm local time and end around 1:45pm, with the eclipse reaching its full extent at 1:50pm.

The ceremony was advertised as a “totally free wedding” that would “also refund the $60 marriage license fee,” and the first 100 couples to register were offered a free “wedding gift” package.

The event was part of the Total Eclipse of the Heart festival, which was held over the weekend and included daily events. include Features include a jazz band, presentations from NASA, famous kites, ax throwing, cornhole, and a hot air balloon ride.

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