Thousands of spring breakers have flocked to Magnolia Market this week hoping to catch a sight of the famous Waco celebrity couple as vendors prepare for the Spring at the Silos event that starts Thursday.

Magnolia employees and about 75 vendors lined the streets around Magnolia Market on Wednesday to prepare for the event, which runs Thursday through Saturday.

“We’ve always wanted to make the pilgrimage to the Magnolia Market anyway and we’ve been selling some items in the store for a while, but we’ve always wanted to see the area,” said Johnny Galbraith, of Salt Lake City, co-owner of Letterfolk Co. “We are excited to get a chance to be down here and sell to the awesome people of Texas.”

Letterfolk, a company selling handcrafted letter boards, joined vendors from across the country who set up covered booths along Webster Avenue and Sixth Street.

Antique, vintage and thrift home goods vendors Patrick Gillogly and Rozana Joncich, owners of Through the Porthole, of Los Angeles, said they also participated in last year’s Silobration festival. They said they were eager to return to Central Texas.

“We are hoping for this to be a pretty busy weekend, just like the Silobration,” Gillogly said. “Everyone is always so friendly here, and we are just looking forward to a really good weekend.”

Magnolia Market spokesman Brock Murphy said last year’s Silobration was successful in bringing a variety of vendors to Waco. Murphy estimated about 30,000 visitors stopped by the market during Silobration, but organizers are expecting about 50,000 this week for Spring at the Silos.

Expecting ‘a big crowd’

“Obviously, with this being spring break and with Spring at the Silos, we are expecting to draw a big crowd,” Murphy said. “We really hope people get to see things that are really unique, different and something they might not see without such a collection of different vendors.”

Janet Rhoades, of Atlanta, traveled with her family to visit the silos Wednesday and saw the setup happening outside the gates. A fan of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” and its co-stars, Chip and Joanna Gaines, Rhoades said her husband and two daughters enjoyed the experience.

“We are only here for one day, but we would love to stay for the big event,” she said. “We are big fans of the show . . . and the market was just like we thought. We like her style, and everyone has been very kind.”

Magnolia staff worked with Waco police to ensure safety for pedestrian and motorist traffic. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said off-duty officers and on-duty officers will monitor crowds throughout the weekend in hopes of a safe spring break celebration.

For more information about Spring at the Silos, visit www.magnoliamarket.com/spring-at-the-silos/.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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