'Whole world is watching'
No one is certain how many people will show up or what grievances they might bring. The crowd at the so-called conservative Woodstock could exceed Searchlight's under-1,000 population by tenfold.
Police don't expect problems, but the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is sending dozens of uniformed and plainclothes officers to patrol the crowd.
The event, sponsored by the Tea Party Express, kicks off a 42-city bus tour that ends in Washington on April 15. One of the leaders of the group is Sal Russo, a veteran Republican operative from California.
Organizers are aware of the visibility of the so-called "Showdown in Searchlight."