150,000 people expected in Waco for events this weekend

Posted at 5:40 PM, Mar 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-14 23:55:56-04

The Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau said they are expecting 150,000 people in Waco this weekend for the 30 events happening.

Carla Pendergraft, Director of Marketing for the Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau, said 70,000 people are expected to be in Waco for Magnolia Market's Spring at the Silos. Twenty-five thousand people are expected for the Texas Food Truck Showdown.

"We've known this was going to be the weekend in Waco. With all the spring break traffic coming through, Spring at the Silos; we've got the Texas Food Truck Showdown, the pro disc golf tournament at Brazos Park East. You name it it's going on here," Jonathan Cook, Community Promotions for the City of Waco, said.

The City of Waco shut down roads near the Silos, near 6th and Webster. They will also be shutting down 3rd and Austin Ave.

Temporary stop signs were set up to help with the congestion.

"For us locals we want to preach a little patience and remember the good things this is doing for our local economy," Cook said.

"[The visitors] are eating in our restaurants, they're stopping in our shops, they're staying in our hotels. They're bringing money to Waco," Pendergraft said.

Pendergraft said they are expecting 350,000 people to visit Waco during the month of March.

"Our number one goal is to make sure that everyone who comes to Waco has a great experience and then leaves with a smile on their face," Cook said.

Spring at the Silos starts on Thursday at 9 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. daily until Saturday.

The Texas Food Truck Downtown is on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Heritage Square in downtown Waco.

The city recommends if you are going downtown over the weekend, take one of the free shuttles offered by Waco Transit.

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