UFO Days in Nevada: Storm Area 51

Imagine a UFO Days celebration In Elmwood if two million people showed up. Even if only a fraction of the number attends the “Storm Area 51” Facebook event scheduled for September 20, 2019, the little community of Rachel, Nevada will be totally overrun.

The “Storm Area 51” event started as an online joke, but the Air Force isn’t laughing. Matty Roberts, the original author of the Facebook post that created all the trouble, has had a visit from the FBI and has publicly disavowed any real intention to storm the secret military test site. But he, and others, are taking advantage of the viral success behind the post. The anticipated crowds of eager alien-seekers have inspired the creation of two separate UFO-Days style festivals in the Rachel, Nevada area. A new article in Forbes describes the events.

  • Alienstock will take place in Rachel, featuring live music and the promise of alcohol, but no gas, water, plumbing, internet connection, card processing, or basic services.
  • Storm Area 51 Basecamp, some 50 miles from Rachel, will feature a slightly more sober approach with serious UFOlogy lectures, live music, and plenty of alien-kitsch exhibitors.

Rachel is a small town about 150 miles from Las Vegas, and it’s the nearest community to the Air Force facility of UFO fame. The town’s website warns potential visitors to anticipate Gilligan’s Island conditions with “no phone, no lights, no motorcar, not a single luxury.” The website says “there is no gas and no store” or any other accommodations or basic services other than the UFO-themed bar called “The Little A’Le’Inn” which is already completely booked for the weekend. Visitors need to be prepared for “surviving in a harsh desert environment … completely on your own for food, water, gas, etc.” Furthermore, the website warns that things in Rachel could get ugly:

Haphazard attempts are made by the local bar in Rachel to put together an event. Locals are not kept in the loop and they certainly are not happy about this event that is likely to bring chaos to Rachel. Law enforcement will be overwhelmed and local residents will step up to protect their property. It could get ugly. Please consider visiting our town another time.

Let’s all try not to get shot. “It’s happening” this September in Nevada, but UFOdays.net has decided to sit this one out. We have enough of our own “local residents” to deal with right here in Wisconsin without attempting an alien invasion in the Nevada desert.

Update from The Atlantic 9/4/2019.

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