Celebration Planned Tonight at Medicine Wheel Park for 'A Truly Rare Event'

Heidi Harris
Staff Writer

If you still have some celebration gas in the tank after Rally in the Valley, you're invited to join the summer solstice celebration at Medicine Wheel Park on Monday, June 20, at 9:30 p.m., said Dr. Joe Stickler, Valley City State University Emeritus and curator of the park.

What makes this summer solstice even more special is that it is the first full moon on the solstice since 1948.

"The special effect for Monday is while watching the sunset in the northwest, if the southwestern horizon is clear, we should be able to watch the Full Moon rise in the opposite direction that the sun is setting," Stickler said.

Wes Anderson, curator of the Barnes County Historical Museum, said, "Having a full moon land smack on the solstice is a truly rare event, which hasn't occurred for nearly 70 years."

"North America will bask in more sunlight than any day since Truman was President," he added.

The celebration of this "extraordinary day of light" starts at 9 p.m. with a tour of the Medicine Wheel Park, located at 205 Winter Show Road Southeast, Valley City.

Those who attend should bring mosquito spray and a blanket to watch the sun set on the longest day and the full moon rise at 9:30 p.m.

"Be prepared to get connected to the universe," Stickler said.