The Storm Area 51 event has gone through a number of changes and there is some confusion in the media. Since it affects our community and people visiting here we would like to present you with the facts as they are known at this time. We hope it helps sort things out.
What started as a viral facebook post to Storm Area 51 later morphed into two events: Alienstock in Rachel, NV and the Storm Area 51 Basecamp event at the Alien Research Center in Hiko, NV. The Hiko event is on track. They hired a professional event planner and they have the infrastructure ready for the event. Including a replica of the Area 51 back gate for visitors to "storm". That event expects a total of 5,000 visitors over the weekend.
The Rachel event was organized by Matty Roberts, the creator of the viral facebook post and by event organizer Frank DiMaggio. They expected a crowd of up to 50,000 for the event. A large group of Rachel residents was opposed to the event, mostly concerned about the safety of visitors and local residents. Their concerns were amplified by the lack of communication from the Little A'Le'Inn, the local bar involved in organizing the event in Rachel. A full list of their concerns, voiced at the Lincoln County Commissioners Meeting on August 19, 2019 can be found here.
On Monday, September 9, 2019 Roberts and DiMaggio cancelled the Rachel Alienstock event. They cited concerns similar to those of the Rachel residents: Security for the visitors, lack of transparency on the side of the Little A'Le'Inn and the lack of infrastructure in Rachel. Instead they decided to support the Area 51 Celebration in downtown Las Vegas where the needed infrastructure already exists.
As of this writing the local bar in Rachel is still planning some sort of small event for those that may still show up. The food vendors have pulled out and most of the bands that had been signed up are going to be playing at the Las Vegas event instead. On Thursday Sep 12 the creator of the Alienstock event sent a cease and desist letter to the Little A'Le'Inn to stop the Rachel event altogether. The ensuing legal battle makes it even less likely that there will be any kind of organized event in Rachel.
With only two days to go not a lot of preparations have been made in Rachel. This drone video shows the site where the event is supposed to take place in two days. Instead of 50,000 visitors Rachel now expects to see a few hundred at best for what has turned into a Fyre Fest 2.0. For the remaining visitors the weekend will likely be rather disappointing. There will be no internet, no cell phone service, no food vendors and very little entertainment or infrastructure. Those still visiting should be prepared to be completely self contained for food, water, gas and a place to sleep. There are no services in Rachel besides the local bar. There is a good chance that disappointed party goers will start rioting. This could become a very ugly situation. We need to warn those still planning to attend to reconsider their plans for their own safety.
If you still choose to visit this weekend stay away from the residential part of Rachel. Local land owners will step up to protect their property. The nearby military installation will be guarded by Air Force security and by various local and federal law enforcement agencies. In order to keep curious visitors out of trouble law enforcement will block all access roads leading to the perimeter of the military base. Anyone trespassing in the restricted zone around Area 51 will be arrested. Do not go near the border, and absolutely do not cross the line. Along all major dirt roads the border is marked with clear warning signs. In other areas orange posts mark the border. There is no fence. See our Maps section for maps of the area.
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