Area 51 raid, Alienstock were more like a music fest with tin foil hats

CNET | 9/21/2019 | Erin Carson
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One festival goer was ready to bust out of Area 51.

They came in peace. Crowds stayed calm and controlled on the first official day of the Alienstock festival in Rachel, Nevada. What started as a viral Facebook event to storm the gates of Area 51, and morphed into multi-day gathering in rural Nevada, proved what many familiar with Facebook invites know -- just because someone marks "interested," that doesn't mean they're going to show up.

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Though local residents and officials were concerned an unknown of attendees (30,000? 50,000?) could engulf what's otherwise a town of about 50 -- with no gas station or street lights -- the area was far from mobbed by thousands. Instead, the crowd was perhaps 3,000, Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee told the Associated Press.

Friday, there were no miles-long traffic snarls or empty-tanked cars by the side of the road. The parking lot for cars was mostly open and there was a healthy smattering of tents and campers parked off the road. The main stage, at one point, had an audience of three. And although the medical team on site declined to comment, by early midday Pacific time, they were sitting around the First Aid tent, unoccupied. Meanwhile, Nevada Highway Patrol tweeted a that a car collided with a cow (cattle wander freely in the area). The cow didn't make it.

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This event, which is actually one of three scheduled for Las Vegas, Rachel and Hiko, initially grew out of a Facebook event that went viral in July. Bakersfield, California, resident Matty Roberts created the event titled "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us" as a meme page.

Roberts told CNN he got the idea after listening to an interview on Joe Rogan's podcast with filmmaker Jeremy Corbell and Bob Lazar, who claims to...
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