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Clouds block view at Pooler eclipse party

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POOLER, GA (WTOC) -

Clouds, rain, and even thunder and lightning prevailed Monday in places like Pooler, where the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum waived admission fees for kids wanting to check out the exhibits and eclipse. 

Museum staff opened up the Memorial Gardens for an eclipse viewing event, and attendees made the most of it. They arrived hopeful that they might get at least a glimpse through breaking clouds, but that was never the case. 

Nine-year-old Harrison Perry came prepared, even with the cloudy outlook. 

"You gotta actually put these on because if you don't, it will damage your eyes," Harrison said. 

His grandmother knew that even if the eclipse was a bust, there were still the one-of-a-kind exhibits of Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum to keep her grandsons busy. 

"I thought it would be a great place to keep them entertained until the big event happened," said Suzanne Sparks. 

As the eclipse time approached, it was clear that clear skies were not in the cards. 

"We were really hoping to see the solar eclipse, actually. He's been talking about it all week. They learned about it in school. They were out of school today," said Ziyah Judson. "I've already let him see a little video, so I'm just going to explain to him what was supposed to happen."

While the rain let up in the minutes leading up to the eclipse, it was still too cloudy to see it, but that didn't keep a large group at the museum for job training from coming out to at least experience the event, however possible. 

"There's a lot of people out here at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, and we're trying to make sure we make the best of it," said Matthew Allen. "Obviously, it would be great to be able to see it. We've had all this buildup for it for the past two weeks now, but we're going to be out here, we're going to enjoy it either way. We have the whole team from our office out here trying to learn a few things today, but also to enjoy what's going on. There's a lot of people out here at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, and we're trying to make sure that we make the best of it,

Even if the eclipse experience was a bit of a bust in Pooler, kids did get in free at the museum - some calling that the silver lining. 

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