Burning Man Boosts Local Economy

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RENO, Nev. -- It's one of the busiest times of the year for stores in town. The gates to Burning Man open tonight and as thousands of burners from around the world make their way to the Black Rock Desert, they're making last minute stops to gather supplies. Burners are doing more than just enriching our culture with art.

I've been preparing mentally, physically, technically and spiritually," said a second-time Burner from the Bay Area.
"It's like going camping, but you have to be extra prepared," a Burner from Toronto said.

Cars packed and Playa-bound, Burners don't mess around when it comes to preparing for Burning Man.

"The best thing to do is just go with an open heart and mind is the best way to experience it," a Burner from New York said.

They are stuffing their vehicles with essentials from transportation, to costumes, to personal hygiene--everything they need to survive in the desert. Crates of water, food and camping equipment can really add up.

"Burning Man is an expensive burning trip because you're literally moving to the desert for a week," Jessica Schneider, Junkee Clothing Exchange owner said.

That's thousands of dollars that are going directly back into the local economy.

"Not only do they buy costumes, they eat here, they buy water, get gas, they rent RVs," she added.

One Burner spent around $2,500 dollars on his trip. For one week, Burners from all parts of the world are invading the silver state and lining its pockets.

"If you're out and about in Reno and you see burners from Holland or people with different colored hair, welcome them to Reno because they really do stimulate our economy," Schneider said.

The Burning Man extravaganza starts tomorrow and ends on September 2.