2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jade Gore, Visitor from Minnesota:
"We're outside Area 51 and I decided to come out because of the festival. I saw it and thought it was a really funny joke and thought why not go?"
3. Another person poses for picture
4. UFO enthusiasts take pictures along barbed wire fence
5. Police officer walks behind barbed wire fence
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jackson Carter, Visitor from Utah:
"The gate was supposed to be pure chaos. We were supposed to have about a thousand people 'Naruto-running' through the gate and that didn't end up happening. So got here, everyone's really peaceful, taking photos. We've got a very polite police presence who is making sure that nothing happens. But it ended up being really fun and everyone is just sort of hanging out."
7. Sheriff's deputy watches visitors at gate
8. Woman takes picture of two men at gate
9. More law enforcement stand guard
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Kerry Lee, Lincoln County Sheriff:
"I think there's definitely a sense of relief. We were really concerned and there still could be more people coming today. But I think it looks like it's going to be smaller than we had planned for which is fine. We wanted to plan for the worst. So I think there's a little bit of a sense of relief that we're going to be able to handle the situation."
Hiko, Nevada - 20 September 2019
11. People line up to get into "Storm Area 51 Basecamp"
12. Festival attendee wears blow-up alien costume
13. Festival merchandise store
14. Alien-themed beer
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Keith Wright, Executive Director, Storm Area 51 Basecamp:
"I want to make sure that it's safe. I want to make sure the guests get what they're hoping for. Obviously we'd love to make some money out of the deal. But to be honest our long term goal here is to be able to make this an ongoing annual event. We're here at the mecca at Area 51. We're here at the mecca of alien research. So we want to be able to have UFOlogists have a place to go, the true believers. That's been our whole thing from minute one. We really are trying to appeal to the true believers."
Nevada authorities say events have been peaceful at internet-inspired gatherings around Area 51, the once-secret military installation about a two-hour drive from Las Vegas.
Events are taking place this weekend in tiny Nevada towns after an internet hoax posted this summer invited people to "storm" Area 51, the focus of popular lore about government studies of extraterrestrial life and space aliens.
At least two people were detained for public urination and another for briefly ducking under a gate at the military site.
But over all, law enforcement says the gatherings have been peaceful so far.
The online prank morphed into two separate alien-themed festivals now underway, a concert in the town of Rachel called "Alienstock" and an alien cultural event dubbed "Area 51 Basecamp" in the town of Hiko.
Thousands of visitors are expected to attend both events, temporarily doubling the size of the local population.
The Lincoln County Sheriff says he's pleased at how things have gone so far but said his department and other law enforcement plan on remaining vigilant in the area through Sunday