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Waco’s Other Cotton Palace

on Friday, 24 April 2015. Posted in To Do in Waco

Waco’s Other Cotton Palace

It’s a busy weekend in Waco!

Waco’s history as the cotton capital of Texas is celebrated every year with an elaborate production known as the Cotton Palace Pageant, taking place this year on Friday, April 24, 2015. Events take place over the course of the weekend, attracting visitors from all over the state who come to both enjoy and participate in the event. (For more information about the history of the Cotton Palace, check out the Waco History app at

According to resident historian and former innkeeper, Dutch Schroeder, the Cotton Palace Bed and Breakfast draws on some of the same rich tradition in Waco history. Roy E. Lane, architect behind many famous Waco landmarks such as the Alico building, the Hippodrome, and of course, the Cotton Palace Complex, was also responsible for the design of the Cotton Palace Bed and Breakfast. Since Waco was known as the Cotton Capital of the South, and Roy E. Lane was such an integral part of Waco’s historic architecture, it only seemed fitting to bestow the bed and breakfast with such a symbolic name.

Every year, the bed and breakfast is proud to host guests attending this grand event, and you never know, there might even be Cotton Palace royalty staying in the next room! If you have a moment during the busy weekend, feel free to knock on our door and ask see a little more of the elegance and beauty that Waco has to offer in this historic gem, the Cotton Palace Bed and Breakfast.

If you’re in town for the Cotton Palace events, check out the inaugural Brazos River Ribfest, taking place on the grounds of Baylor’s new McLane Stadium. The stadium, finished in time to host the 2014 fall season of Baylor football, not only brought football back to Baylor campus, but is also proud to contribute to the growth of downtown Waco by hosting world class events throughout the rest of the year. Brazos River Ribfest will feature several five different rib vendors competing for Critic’s and People’s Choice award. Sample delicious barbeque, cast your vote for People’s Choice award, and listen to live music from the Brett Hendrix Band, the Chris Low Band and more, all against the backdrop of this majestic new stadium and the scenic Brazos river. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the gates. The Brazos River Ribfest kicks off on Friday, April 24 at 11 am, with events taking place all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Visit for more information.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our fair city this weekend, and even after the weekend’s festivities have concluded, you can continue to enjoy Waco’s rich history by visiting the Cotton Palace Bed and Breakfast anytime!

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