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About 4,000 people have descended to Mojave Desert in California for an annual post-apocalyptic festival called Wasteland Weekend

About 4,000 people have descended to the Mojave Desert in California for an annual post-apocalyptic festival called Wasteland Weekend.

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The festival, inspired by the Mad Max film series, celebrated its tenth birthday this year and revelers flocked to the desert.

Founded in 2010 by Karol Bartoszynski, Jared Butler and James Howard, the festival sees its participants spend the entire weekend in post-apocalyptic costume.

About 4,000 people have descended to Mojave Desert in California for an annual post-apocalyptic festival called Wasteland Weekend

About 4,000 people have descended to Mojave Desert in California for an annual post-apocalyptic festival called Wasteland Weekend

The festival, inspired by the Mad Max film series, celebrated its tenth birthday this year and revelers flocked to the desert

The festival, inspired by the Mad Max film series, celebrated its tenth birthday this year and revelers flocked to the desert

The festival, inspired by the Mad Max film series, celebrated its tenth birthday this year and revelers flocked to the desert

Founded in 2010 by Karol Bartoszynski, Jared Butler and James Howard, the festival sees its participants spend the entire weekend in post-apocalyptic costume
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Founded in 2010 by Karol Bartoszynski, Jared Butler and James Howard, the festival sees its participants spend the entire weekend in post-apocalyptic costume

Founded in 2010 by Karol Bartoszynski, Jared Butler and James Howard, the festival sees its participants spend the entire weekend in post-apocalyptic costume

Women dressed in Max Max-themed costumes cruise on an ATV around the field during this year's post-apocalyptic event

Women dressed in Max Max-themed costumes cruise on an ATV around the field during this year's post-apocalyptic event

Women dressed in Max Max-themed costumes cruise on an ATV around the field during this year's post-apocalyptic event

The permanent festival location is located between the collapsed nuclear test site, where from 1951 a total of 928 nuclear warheads were tested during the cold war, and Hollywood.

Costumes are mandatory during the five-day event and it has been reported that any attempt to enter the festival site without other festival visitors singing: & # 39; Needs more dirt! & # 39;

Those looking for the ultimate post-apocalyptic fantasy can be expected to be greeted with thematic campsites and vehicles, fire artists, live bands and DJs and even their own casino.

A woman takes part in a swimsuit competition during & # 39; the world's largest post-apocalyptic festival & # 39; while excited spectators watch
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A woman takes part in a swimsuit competition during & # 39; the world's largest post-apocalyptic festival & # 39; while excited spectators watch

A woman takes part in a swimsuit competition during & # 39; the world's largest post-apocalyptic festival & # 39; while excited spectators watch

The permanent festival site is located between the perished nuclear test site, where from 1951 a total of 928 nuclear warheads were tested during the cold war, and Hollywood

The permanent festival site is located between the perished nuclear test site, where from 1951 a total of 928 nuclear warheads were tested during the cold war, and Hollywood

The permanent festival site is located between the perished nuclear test site, where from 1951 a total of 928 nuclear warheads were tested during the cold war, and Hollywood

Costumes are mandatory during the five-day event and it has been reported that any attempt to enter the festival site without other festival visitors singing: & # 39; Needs more dirt! & # 39;

Costumes are mandatory during the five-day event and it has been reported that any attempt to enter the festival site without other festival visitors singing: & # 39; Needs more dirt! & # 39;

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Costumes are mandatory during the five-day event and it has been reported that any attempt to enter the festival site without other festival visitors singing: & # 39; Needs more dirt! & # 39;

A woman in a Mad Max Miss Giddy character costume (center) poses for photos with two other women dressed in post-apocalyptic robe

A woman in a Mad Max Miss Giddy character costume (center) poses for photos with two other women dressed in post-apocalyptic robe

A woman in a Mad Max Miss Giddy character costume (center) poses for photos with two other women dressed in post-apocalyptic robe

Last year there was even a & # 39; fighting cage & # 39; called the Death Guild Thunderdome where attendees faced each other with the help of lifelike weapons.

They can also swing around while being hung on elastic straps and touching each other with padded sticks.

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There is even an exchange part of the festival where visitors exchange items with each other.

Those looking for the ultimate post-apocalyptic fantasy can be expected to be greeted with theme campsites and vehicles, fire artists, live bands and DJs and even their own casino

Those looking for the ultimate post-apocalyptic fantasy can be expected to be greeted with theme campsites and vehicles, fire artists, live bands and DJs and even their own casino

Those looking for the ultimate post-apocalyptic fantasy can be expected to be greeted with theme campsites and vehicles, fire artists, live bands and DJs and even their own casino

Last year there was even a & # 39; fighting cage & # 39; called the Death Guild Thunderdome where visitors faced each other with lifelike weapons

Last year there was even a & # 39; fighting cage & # 39; called the Death Guild Thunderdome where visitors faced each other with lifelike weapons

Last year there was even a & # 39; fighting cage & # 39; called the Death Guild Thunderdome where visitors faced each other with lifelike weapons

They can also swing around while being hung on elastic straps and touching each other with padded sticks
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They can also swing around while being hung on elastic straps and touching each other with padded sticks

They can also swing around while being hung on elastic straps and touching each other with padded sticks

And some items from the festival booth can be purchased, or & # 39; exchanged & # 39 ;, using theme crown caps issued at the event.

Eric Davidson, an IT professional from Fontana, told it Guardian: & # 39; Going to wasteland is leaving your real life behind, no worries about traffic rush hour, paying your bills … People can escape reality for a while, and then the best comes from the real human nature appears. & # 39;

The event, an affair of at least 18 years and older, holds a competition for the best decorated vehicles and costumes, and sees some participants go to great lengths to win prizes.

There is even an exchange part of the festival where visitors exchange items with each other. Pictured is a couple posing with their ATV vehicle for a theme camping

There is even an exchange part of the festival where visitors exchange items with each other. Pictured is a couple posing with their ATV vehicle for a theme camping

There is even an exchange part of the festival where visitors exchange items with each other. Pictured is a couple posing with their ATV vehicle for a theme camping

And some items from the festival booth can be purchased or & # 39; exchanged & # 39; using bottle caps with a theme that are issued at the event

And some items from the festival booth can be purchased or & # 39; exchanged & # 39; using bottle caps with a theme that are issued at the event

And some items from the festival booth can be purchased or & # 39; exchanged & # 39; using bottle caps with a theme that are issued at the event

Eric Davidson, an IT professional from Fontana, said to the Guardian: & If you go to wasteland, you leave your real life behind, don't worry about traffic, pay your bills ... People can get to reality escape, and that is when the best comes into being in real human nature & # 39;

Eric Davidson, an IT professional from Fontana, said to the Guardian: & If you go to wasteland, you leave your real life behind, don't worry about traffic, pay your bills ... People can get to reality escape, and that is when the best comes into being in real human nature & # 39;

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Eric Davidson, an IT professional from Fontana, said to the Guardian: & If you go to wasteland, you leave your real life behind, don't worry about traffic, pay your bills … People can get to reality escape, and that is when the best comes into being in real human nature & # 39;

The event, an affair of at least 18 years and older, holds a competition for the best decorated vehicles and costumes, and sees some participants go to great lengths to win prizes

The event, an affair of at least 18 years and older, holds a competition for the best decorated vehicles and costumes, and sees some participants go to great lengths to win prizes

The event, an affair of at least 18 years and older, holds a competition for the best decorated vehicles and costumes, and sees some participants go to great lengths to win prizes

Founder Jared Butler told the Mojave Desert News: & # 39; We have a broad demography in terms of ages, backgrounds and interests.

& # 39; People are attracted to the event for various reasons and we did not want to raise the entry threshold so high that they could not come. If they only want to get a little bit immersive, they can stay in the camp area. For the completely immersive experience there is still the city behind the gates. & # 39;

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He added: & # 39; It's not about making everything look fantastic, it's about the experience we can offer the visitor. When you get there and everything looks different, you get this feeling of escape, which is one of the things that attracts people to the event. & # 39;

In addition to offering daily archery, visitors can also participate in post-apocalyptic workshops for doll making, robot fights and tattoo judging and much more.

Founder Jared Butler told the Mojave Desert News: & # 39; We have a broad demography in terms of ages, backgrounds, and interests & # 39;

Founder Jared Butler told the Mojave Desert News: & # 39; We have a broad demography in terms of ages, backgrounds, and interests & # 39;

Founder Jared Butler told the Mojave Desert News: & # 39; We have a broad demography in terms of ages, backgrounds, and interests & # 39;

He added: & # 39; People are attracted to the event for many different reasons and we did not want to raise the entry threshold so high that they could not come. If they only want to get a little bit immersive, they can stay in the camp area. For the completely immersive experience, there is still the city behind the gates & # 39;

He added: & # 39; People are attracted to the event for many different reasons and we did not want to raise the entry threshold so high that they could not come. If they only want to get a little bit immersive, they can stay in the camp area. For the completely immersive experience, there is still the city behind the gates & # 39;

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He added: & # 39; People are attracted to the event for many different reasons and we did not want to raise the entry threshold so high that they could not come. If they only want to get a little bit immersive, they can stay in the camp area. For the completely immersive experience, there is still the city behind the gates & # 39;

In addition to offering daily archery, visitors can also participate in post-apocalyptic workshops for doll making, robot fights and a tattoo review and much more

In addition to offering daily archery, visitors can also participate in post-apocalyptic workshops for doll making, robot fights and a tattoo review and much more

In addition to offering daily archery, visitors can also participate in post-apocalyptic workshops for doll making, robot fights and a tattoo review and much more

A man with a black loincloth and a brown leather jacket walks past a campsite during the festival while holding the head of a toy horse on a stick

A man with a black loincloth and a brown leather jacket walks past a campsite during the festival while holding the head of a toy horse on a stick

A man with a black loincloth and a brown leather jacket walks past a campsite during the festival while holding the head of a toy horse on a stick

A couple dressed in post-apocalyptic clothing wanders around the festival site while a man rides on an electric board in the background

A couple dressed in post-apocalyptic clothing wanders around the festival site while a man rides on an electric board in the background

A couple dressed in post-apocalyptic clothing wanders around the festival site while a man rides on an electric board in the background

A man checks his fake gun while sitting on top of his decorated vehicle. Replica weapons can be brought in during the festival as long as they do not fire ammunition

A man checks his fake gun while sitting on top of his decorated vehicle. Replica weapons can be brought in during the festival as long as they do not fire ammunition

A man checks his fake gun while sitting on top of his decorated vehicle. Replica weapons can be brought in during the festival as long as they do not fire ammunition

Visitors wear safety glasses while watching a dance competition at the festival

Visitors wear safety glasses while watching a dance competition at the festival

Visitors wear safety glasses while watching a dance competition at the festival

Festival goers pose for a photo on the penultimate day of the festival to take home memories of his tenth birthday

Festival goers pose for a photo on the penultimate day of the festival to take home memories of his tenth birthday

Festival goers pose for a photo on the penultimate day of the festival to take home memories of his tenth birthday

A man in a Mad Max War Boy costume drives his vehicle across the site. Other festival attractions include free hair and makeup in the event-sponsored beauty salon

A man in a Mad Max War Boy costume drives his vehicle across the site. Other festival attractions include free hair and makeup in the event-sponsored beauty salon

A man in a Mad Max War Boy costume drives his vehicle across the site. Other festival attractions include free hair and makeup in the event-sponsored beauty salon

Campers rest on the campsite of their tribe on the penultimate day of the fully immersive festival. Not all campsites have a theme, but it is encouraged for visitors to decorate their tents

Campers rest on the campsite of their tribe on the penultimate day of the fully immersive festival. Not all campsites have a theme, but it is encouraged for visitors to decorate their tents

Campers rest on the campsite of their tribe on the penultimate day of the fully immersive festival. Not all campsites have a theme, but it is encouraged for visitors to decorate their tents

Participants march on their ATV vehicles during a car cruise at the festival

Participants march on their ATV vehicles during a car cruise at the festival

Participants march on their ATV vehicles during a car cruise at the festival

Two cars were decorated with a female mannequin with sunglasses, a fake hand, a skull and crossbones, spikes and a weapon

Two cars were decorated with a female mannequin with sunglasses, a fake hand, a skull and crossbones, spikes and a weapon

Two cars were decorated with a female mannequin with sunglasses, a fake hand, a skull and crossbones, spikes and a weapon

Participants are waiting for a costume competition at the festival. Temperatures can rise to 100F (38C) during the day and & # 39; to 14C (57F) at night

Participants are waiting for a costume competition at the festival. Temperatures can rise to 100F (38C) during the day and & # 39; to 14C (57F) at night

Participants are waiting for a costume competition at the festival. Temperatures can rise to 100F (38C) during the day and & # 39; to 14C (57F) at night

Hundreds of party goers drive their vehicles across the bare festival grounds. Although most vehicles are fully decorated, it is not mandatory for visitors to change cars

Hundreds of party goers drive their vehicles across the bare festival grounds. Although most vehicles are fully decorated, it is not mandatory for visitors to change cars

Hundreds of party goers drive their vehicles across the bare festival grounds. Although most vehicles are fully decorated, it is not mandatory for visitors to change cars

A woman dances in a cage while men walk by on the penultimate day of the festival

A woman dances in a cage while men walk by on the penultimate day of the festival

A woman dances in a cage while men walk by on the penultimate day of the festival

Participants raise their fake weapons while marching together through the festival grounds. Some are on their cars & # 39; s

Participants raise their fake weapons while marching together through the festival grounds. Some are on their cars & # 39; s

Participants raise their fake weapons while marching together through the festival grounds. Some are on their cars & # 39; s

A fake police car stops visitors during the festival to add to the completely immersive experience

A fake police car stops visitors during the festival to add to the completely immersive experience

A fake police car stops visitors during the festival to add to the completely immersive experience

A participant plays a drum while standing on his ATV vehicle with a fellow festival visitor

A participant plays a drum while standing on his ATV vehicle with a fellow festival visitor

A participant plays a drum while standing on his ATV vehicle with a fellow festival visitor

A man gives a woman a piggyback ride, while the two watch one of the events organized by the organizers of the event

A man gives a woman a piggyback ride, while the two watch one of the events organized by the organizers of the event

A man gives a woman a piggyback ride while the couple watches one of the competitions held by the organizers of the event

Fully costumed festival-goers watch a swimsuit competition while sitting on a rusted metal structure

Fully costumed festival-goers watch a swimsuit competition while sitting on a rusted metal structure

Fully costumed festival-goers watch a swimsuit competition while sitting on a rusted metal structure

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