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'Alienstock' Utterly Fizzles

Dueling alien events in Nevada aren't particularly well attended
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 22, 2019 7:36 AM CDT
Workers erect a stage at the Little A'Le'Inn on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Rachel, Nev. No one knows what to expect, but lots of people are preparing for "Storm Area 51" in the Nevada desert. Events...   (AP Photo/John Locher)
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(Newser) – Earthling visitors are dwindling at an "Alienstock" festival in the remote Nevada desert, and the lights are off where an evening music program spot inspired by a "Storm Area 51" internet post was canceled. Lincoln County emergency services chief Eric Holt said Saturday that after crowds peaked at about 3,000, first-responders from around the state were being sent home. No one knew how many people would arrive in response to an internet meme to storm the gates of a military base long the focus of conspiracy theories about extraterrestrials and UFOs, reports the AP.

Local officials had prepared for up to 30,000. "Alienstock" at the Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel was due to continue until midnight, but the audience was sparse. "Area 51 Basecamp" in Hiko pulled the plug Saturday after drawing just 500 attendees at a Friday music event planned for 5,000. (Read more Area 51 stories.)

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