On Wednesday, Magnolia Market, the epicenter of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ empire, announced that its annual Spring at the Silos is officially cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. The cancellation comes as the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic.
In a statement, Magnolia wrote: “The health and safety of our attendees and employees is our top priority. Magnolia has been evaluating the rapid evolution of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation in the last 24 hours as new information has become available. After careful consideration, Magnolia has made the decision to cancel our Spring at the Silos 2020 event.”
This means that the vendor fair, rooftop picnics, and evening concerts events—which were scheduled to take place from March 12 to March 14—are all cancelled. Everyone who bought a ticket to Spring at the Silos will be issued a full refund.
Early Thursday morning, Chip tweeted confirmation of the cancellation, describing it as an “extremely tough decision.” “Jo & I are [heartbroken] & sorry,” he wrote. Along with refunding tickets to guests, Chip says that he and Jo want to reimburse up to $1,000 in travel hotel and expenses to the vendors.
“Our guests are amazing, as we have seen time and time again at our events here in Waco,” the statement from Magnolia continues. “We wish we could celebrate with you this weekend, but your health and safety come first. We appreciate your understanding and willingness to work with us through this process.”
While Spring at the Silos has been cancelled, if you’re in Waco, Texas, right now, you can still visit Magnolia. Magnolia Market, Silos Baking Co., Magnolia Table, Magnolia Press, and Little Shop are maintaining their normal hours at this time.