Updated 8:57 a.m. March 12

The city of Tomball announced late March 11 that the annual Honky Tonk Chili Challenge held in Old Town Tomball has also been canceled as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The festival was slated for March 21. The event will not be rescheduled.

Published March 11

Officials with the city of Tomball and Tomball German Heritage Festival announced March 11 the three-day festival slated for March 27-29 has been canceled amid efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The event was canceled as a precautionary measure, according to a Facebook post from the city of Tomball.

According to the post, the event will not be rescheduled for a later date.

The post stated it was an "agonizing" decision, but due to the large number of visitors projected to attend, it was decided to cancel the event.

The festival brings in over 70,000 people from all over the world, according to the post, and it was deemed that having them in close proximity was not ideal with the concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

The festival was set to celebrate its 20th season in downtown Tomball.