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Burners Prepare For Their Trek To The Playa

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The week-long festival that celebrates individuality and self-reliance has returned. Burning Man brings out people from across the globe.

"You have to take everything to survive for that long," said Hannah Foster of Los Angeles. "There's nothing. There's no water. There's no food. It's completely self-reliant, and you also have to rely on other people at the same time."

With that, burners have been hitting stores this weekend to get some last-minute items, like water and even costumes at places like Junkee Clothing Exchange in midtown Reno. The owner, Jessica Schneider, says this event is great for the local economy as the international burners arrive.

"They're taking up all our hotel rooms, buying water, lights, batteries," she said.

I talked to Lamiel Breguge of Switzerland and Iris Neyron of France who came down because of all the buzz the festival brings.

"She's like, 'I'm going to Burning Man in one month," Breguge said, pointing to Neyron. "We heard about it all over the world. It's very famous."

Some are also preparing for the playa by getting their modes of transportation ready, like bicycles, which are essential.

"My friend actually said to me one day, 'oh, let's go out tonight without our bikes,'" said Chrissy Gallon of London, England. "It was pretty exhausting, and it's a big place."

The Reno Bike Project told me they quickly sold out of their burner bikes this weekend.

"This last week has been the week where we make the money that keeps us open through the winter," said Kurstin Graham, the shop manager.

Some people take their transportation a step further and create an "art car." For the past five years, Brenda Hamlin has taken a golf cart and transformed it into different concepts.

Since the theme of this year's event is "Cargo Cult," which is related to things that are out of this world, Hamlin created a U.F.O.-based vehicle mostly made out of recycled bridesmaid dresses and L.E.D. lights!

These art cars are definitely a conversation starter.

"They want to know where the concept comes from," Hamlin said. "They would like to know the materials I used, and how long it's taken to make."

Burning Man runs from August 26th to September 2nd.

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