City anticipates Silobration to draw up to 30,000 over weekend - KXXV Central Texas News Now

City anticipates Silobration to draw up to 30,000 over weekend

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WACO, TX (KXXV) -

The anniversary of the opening of the Magnolia Silos will be celebrated with a three-day event this weekend.

The Silobration will have food trucks, two concerts and vendors selling handmade crafts and artisan goods in addition to shopping at the Magnolia Market and the Silos Bakery.  

According to City of Waco’s Community Promotions Jonathan Cook, up to 30,000 people in total are expected to attend the event.

"The Silos put us on the map, this is just an exclamation point,” Cook said.

A Magnolia Spokesman said they anticipate for crowds to be similar to Saturdays at the Silos, which range between 5,000 to 9,000 people. 

The Silobration drew Iluminado and Maria Delgado to Waco. The couple drove from San Diego, California for this event.

“My wife has been a fan of the show for many, many years. We just finished doing a marathon watch of all the seasons and we heard about the Silobration, we had some time off and why not,” Delgado said.

He said he hopes during his first visit to Texas and to the Magnolia Silos, he can check something off his bucket list.

"For me personally, I would like to see Joanna and Chip Gaines," Delgado said.  

On Wednesday afternoon, several vendors were setting up on Sixth St., which has been closed from Jackson Avenue to Webster Avenue for the event.

"The traffic is a great thing to see all this people to come in and if you are a local it's a little easier to navigate," said Cook. 

He recommends those attending the event to take the free Silo Trolley, which takes riders to free downtown parking. The trolley buses will run until 11 p.m. after the concerts, which are the only two ticketed events of the Silobration will have a capacity of 3,000 people, on Thursday and Friday.

"We've been handling Magnolia and their crowds throughout the summer. There is of plenty open parking and paid parking around the Silos. We also have parking lots also at Heritage Square and  the courthouse downtown,” Cook said.

If you are not planning to attend the event and would like to go downtown, you are advised to take the Martin Luther King Jr. exit from Interstate Highway 35. 

Cook said the city has been preparing for this event for a while.

“We started months ago and looking at having this type of crowd. When you have an event at McLane Stadium, football games there, July 4th. We have blueprints of how events like this operate,” Cook said.

Forty-five police officers are expected to work at the event from Thursday until Saturday when the Silbration will take place. 

Cook said during other than the Silobration, there are eight other events occurring downtown throughout the weekend. 

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