Hundreds Show Up for Weekend of Area 51 Events in Nevada

September 20, 2019

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Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee estimates that some 1,500 visitors arrived in the tiny Nevada desert towns of Hiko and Rachel on Thursday to participate in a weekend's worth of activities dedicated to the once-secret Area 51 military base, which, as the AP notes, has fueled speculation about government studies of aliens and UFOs. A music festival is already underway near the Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel, while the Air Force has issued warnings for people not to try and enter the Nevada Test and Training Range, where Area 51 is located. The weekend, which features a competing music festival in Las Vegas, was inspired by an internet hoax to "see them aliens," which local officials feared could inspire a flood of people storming the gates of Area 51.