Students share their excitement for Magnolia Silobration as it ends Saturday

This is a Lariat file photo from Magnolia Silo-bration on Oct. 7, 2016. Liesje Powers | Multimedia Editor

Magnolia Market at the Silos has hosted their third annual Silobration event starting Thursday and ending on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will have about 80 vendors for daytime events, as well as performances from Johnnyswim and Jon Foreman in the evening. The Vendor Fair is free while the nighttime performances require a sold out ticket.

Missouri junior Kathryn Rempe works at one of the food trucks at Magnolia, Cheddar Box. Rempe described the Silobrations a lively street fair, and she said she’s excited to see the turnout.

“Vendors from all over come and set up booths to sell all different kinds of things,” Rempe said. “There’s live music throughout the day that people listen to while shopping and enjoying the many diverse food options. People from all over the country, sometimes the world, come to Silobration, so we’re expecting very large crowds.”

Rempe said one of her favorite things about her job is the location, and how Magnolia allows her to meet so many diverse people.

“Because we’re stationed at Magnolia, my coworkers and I get to meet people from all around the country who come thousands of miles just to visit Waco, and that’s special,” Rempe said. “I’m really just excited to meet the long-distance travelers. I love hearing their stories and sharing things I love about Waco with them.”

California senior Ashley Bauchmann said she loves hanging out at the Silos and will be attending the Silobration this weekend. She said her family is among the many long-distance travelers who have visited Waco because of Magnolia.

“I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a long time,” Bauchmann said. “People come from all over the country to these Magnolia events. I’ve heard of people coming for spring break and Thanksgiving break; everybody wants to see them. My mother and grandmother have actually flown out from San Diego to visit The Silos before.”

Even though Magnolia has become a tourist site, Chip and Joanne have not lost touch with the Waco community. California junior Caroline Blach won tickets to the sold-out Silobration concert.

Blach said Chip Gaines tweeted on Monday that he would be giving out free tickets to twitter users. She said she replied to the tweet and publicly asked her boyfriend to do so as well so they could have a Silobration date night.

“Chip actually replied and gave us two free tickets. So naturally, I pulled over while I was driving to scream because I was so excited,” Blach said. “My boyfriend and I are so pumped to be going to the concert because we just won our tickets on Monday, so this wasn’t something we expected to be doing this weekend.”

The Silobration will started Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Magnolia Market at the Silos located at 601 Webster Ave, Waco, TX 76706.