Lake Waco, Brazos open for holiday boating, but flood damage lingers

Local boat ramps and waterfront parks have reopened to boaters and swimmers in time for this week’s Independence Day festivities, but bouts of recent flooding have left them worse for the wear.

High water and strong winds have caused significant erosion at Lake Waco’s parks since mid-May, when water levels crested at 16 feet above normal. While most of Lake Waco recreational areas are back open for the summer as of this week, Airport Park, the lake’s largest lakeside camping site, is expected to remain closed until Aug. 1, as lake officials get repair estimates.

“Since October, which is when our fiscal year starts, we’ve had three floods,” U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park ranger Mike Champagne said. “As far as finances go, we don’t have money to make repairs and the money we had was to maintain what we have. We’ve had to burn through that to fix stuff to get it over, but then we go through another flood.”

Also still closed are Airport Beach and day use area, Koehne Park, and the day use area and boat ramps at Reynolds Creek Park.

Still, the cleanup has progressed enough that Midway Park, Reynolds Creek Park campground and equestrian campground, Twin Bridges Park’s front beach, boat ramp and group shelter, Speegleville Park boat ramp and beach were all open for residents to use.

The day-use boat ramps at Flat Rock and Lacy Point are also open. On Monday morning, Lake Waco measured about 0.4 feet above the full pool level of 462 feet.

Lake Waco, a reservoir located entirely in the city limits of Waco, has about 10 recreational areas positioned around the lake. Champagne said Airport Park was hit the hardest, as waves eroded large chunks of shoreline from around campsites and destroyed electrical outlets and park shelters.

“The truth of it is, the purpose of the lake is flood control and it protects the city of Waco, protects downstream in Bryan-College Station, Houston and all of our water that goes into the Brazos River goes down to the Gulf,” he said. “We hold it back for them, but in return, we take the brunt of the damage on our own facilities, causing recreation to serve as a secondary purpose.”

Boat ramps also reopened last week along the Brazos River in Waco. Carla Pendergraft, marketing director for the Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau, said with the majority of ramps open ahead of the Fourth of July, she is seeing more traffic on waterways.

“We are all delighted that they are finally back open,” she said. “Fourth of July is mostly aimed at locals, since nearly every town in the U.S. has its own celebration, but those who love water will have to really make a concerted effort to get out there to make the most of what’s left of summer.”

Interim city parks director Jonathan Cook said a key event for the city and boaters alike will be the annual Fourth on the Brazos and H-E-B fireworks show from Touchdown Alley at McLane Stadium, starting at 9 p.m. Thursday.

“This is our fifth year that we’ve had the event out here at Touchdown Alley at McLane Stadium and unfortunately, we’ve had a lot of rains over the past five years. In two of those years, we haven’t been able to have boat traffic,” Cook said. “This weekend, our boat ramps at Brazos Park East that are now back open were quite active throughout the weekend, so we are prepared, with the good weather, to have a lot of boat traffic.”

Cook reminded all boaters to have all occupants to wear life jackets and remember the Brazos River through Waco is in a no-wake zone.

Article: Waco Trib


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Dallas to Waco Shuttle Service Makes Your Trip to Magnolia Market a Breeze

DALLAS (PRWEB) June 10, 2019

Waco is the hottest destination in Texas! Whether you want to head to Magnolia Market at The Silos for a Chip and Joanna Gaines Fixer Upper fix or you want to enjoy some Heart of Texas Hospitality, a trip to Waco is on the bucket list for millions of of visitors from all over the world. Starting Saturday, June 8, Dallas to Waco makes the trip down I-35 easy!

Dallas to Waco Shuttle Service will pick you up in downtown Dallas at 8:30AM for a comfortable cruise down I-35 in a comfortable, clean 15-passenger van. You won’t have to worry about finding a parking space because we’ll drop you off near Magnolia Market Silos! After a few hours of shopping at The Silos, munching at Magnolia Table, and checking out the shops on the trolley route, Dallas to Waco Shuttle Service will handle the drive back to Dallas. On the way home you can visit with fellow passengers, post all of your Waco pics, or relax and take a nap!

Co-owner and shuttle driver, Mark Roberts, has his Transportation for Hire license and a spotless driving record. In addition, Mark is personable, and happy to meet you during your Waco excursion to help load purchases into the van.

Co-owner, Cari Weinberg, is a Dallas hotel concierge who discovered that many Dallas visitors had questions about the best way to get to Waco. She lived in Waco as a child and was eager to help folks find the best way to explore this charming city with minimal hassle!

Mark and Cari also operate I See Dallas, a Dallas-based tour company that uses a vintage Cadillac limo with longhorns and a 10-person school bus to provide unique Dallas experiences and adventures.

Who: Dallas to Waco Shuttle Service
What: Saturday shuttle service from downtown Dallas to Waco in a clean, comfortable 15-passenger van
When: 8:30AM Saturday departure time from downtown Dallas with an approximate 10:00 AM arrival in Waco. The return trip will pick up at 5:00PM for the drive back to Dallas.
Cost: $65 per person, plus booking fee
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Cari Weinberg
Dallas to Waco

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The Giant Retro Dr. Pepper Museum In Texas Will Leave You Feeling Refreshed

Dr. Pepper has been one of the most popular drinks in the United States for a while now. What most people don’t know is that it originated in Texas near the city of Waco and there is an entire museum dedicated to the history of its creation. For a fun day of exploring the company’s begginings and enjoying their delicious treats, head over to the Dr. Pepper Museum.

The museum is located at 300 S 5th St in Waco and has so much different memorabilia that even collectors would be jealous. Dr. Pepper is the star attraction of the museum but other drinks like 7up and Big Red have honorable mentions in there as well. The building of the museum was originally a bottling plant from 1906.

When taking the museum tour, you will be able to sit in on a Liquid Laboratory demonstration that plays on the senses and teaches you how Dr. Pepper is made. You can also visit Frosty’s soda shop for drinks, ice cream and floats. If you happen to be in town but don’t have time to take the tour, you can always stop by the shop free of charge for entry.


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Admission to the museum is only $10 and this just year they have begun handing out a free Dr. Pepper when you purchase your ticket to the museum.

On Fridays and Saturdays, you can take a special tour for free with the museum’s staff who will give you an even more in-depth look at the way the drink came to be.


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The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except on major holidays.

For more information about the Dr. Pepper Museum, you can check out their website here.

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Waco Vacation Rentals Jimmy Don's Cabin

Jimmy Don’s Cabin Featured on HGTV’s Fixer Upper Will Be Available For Your Stay In Waco SOON!

Waco Vacation Rentals is happy to announce that Jimmy Don’s Cabin, as featured in HGTV’s Fixer Upper Season 5 for A Modern Cabin Makeover will be available for short term stays coming soon!

Chip and Joanna Gaines took on a country-home renovation for their friend and colleague, Jimmy Don Holmes, the metalwork artist and owner of whose work has played a part in a number of Fixer Upper renovations, as a first time home for their son Jake.

Shortly after renovations started, Jake stumbled upon a home in Valley Mills that he couldn’t pass up. With his future in mind, Jake saw an opportunity and conquered it buying himself a sweet little home a few miles away from Jimmy Don and Lori’s place.  Unfortunately, that meant the cabin would be left without an occupant. Knowing that this striking cabin could not be left to waste, Jimmy Don approached Chip and Jo and told them about Jake’s new home. With their blessing, Jimmy Don has decided to open his cabin for short term rentals. He is hoping it will provide some serene views and fun nights away from the business of life and open the doors to help others experience the greatness of this Fixer Upper he was hoping his son would enjoy.

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Jimmy Don News!

Jimmy Don Holmes now has a permanent home in Waco, Texas for his business, JDH Iron Designs.

He has been selling his signs and home decor from a 36-foot-long trailer located in a parking lot near the Gaines’ Magnolia Market. Though he also has another location in Valley Mills, the famous artisan is officially setting up shop in Waco in one of the lot’s surrounding buildings across from Magnolia. Be sure to stop by and tell him Hi!

Announcing Jimmy Don’s Hat Top Tea! The first 5 renters booking a stay with Waco Vacation Rentals for the cabin will receive exclusively samples of Jimmy’s Sweet Tea coming out in March!

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Jimmy Don Holmes Is Getting His Own Store Across from Chip and Joanna’s Magnolia Market

Jimmy Don Holmes now has a permanent home in Waco, Texas for his business, JDH Iron Designs.

The metal craftsman made famous by Chip and Joanna Gaines’ show, Fixer Upper, has been selling his signs and home decor from a 36-foot-long trailer located in a parking lot near the Gaines’ Magnolia Market. Though he also has another location in Valley Mills, the famous artisan is officially setting up shop in Waco in one of the lot’s surrounding buildings.

JDH Iron Designs Waco, Tx
JDH Iron Designs Waco, Tx

Local businesswoman Jill Barrett recently bought the real estate around Jimmy Don’s trailer, which consists of a few buildings and is conveniently located across the street from Magnolia. According to the Waco Tribune-Herald, Barrett plans to transform her holdings into a “shopping, dining, drinking, and relaxing outpost,” starring Jimmy Don’s creations.

Jimmy Don is getting the quite the treatment in his new digs, too. “He will be one of our tenants,” Barrett told the outlet. “He will have his own space attached to Brake & Clutch, with his own storefront, and we will work on preparing his place first.”

Considering he reportedly gets about 400 visitors a day who are interested in browsing his pieces—Joanna particularly loves his signs—we can see why Barrett is “thrilled” to have him on board. Even better, Waco visitors won’t have to wait too long for the shop to open.

“My goal is to have Jimmy Don’s permanent location completed by summer,” she said.

Besides Jimmy Don, Barrett has a slew of other ideas for the project. Her ultimate goal is to add even more reasons to visit Waco outside of Chip and Joanna’s attractions, like the Silos and their Magnolia Table restaurant.

“The economic engine is Magnolia, but I think that neighborhood can become even cooler,” she said. “Two people shouldn’t be responsible for the whole city. There are a lot of creative souls and entrepreneurs here.”

4th annual Silobration closes Waco roads through Saturday

4th annual Silobration closes Waco roads through Saturday

Roads around Magnolia Silos will be closed until Saturday. This includes parts of Eighth and Fifth streets, as well as Clay, Jackson and Webster avenues.

WACO, Texas — Roads surrounding the Magnolia Silos will be closed for the fourth annual Silobration event from Thursday to Saturday.

Eighth Street and Webster Avenue are blocked off, as well as the area between Clay and Jackson avenues on Fifth Street.

Free parking is available in lots two and three at McLane Stadium until Saturday. Free trolley rides between the stadium and silos will be available until the event is over.

The Magnolia Silos website has more information about the weekend.

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6 Things You Should Know About Chip And Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Silobration in Waco This Weekend



Get ready folks, because Magnolia Market‘s fourth annual Silobration is just one sleep away and it’s going to be epic—you know, like everything Chip and Joanna Gaines get their hands on.

Whether you’re headed to Waco, Texas, to join in on the celebration at the Silos or hanging back and waiting to watch the fun unfold on the Internet (same, unfortunately), here’s everything you need to know about the next three days of pure joy.

1) Magnolia Silobration 2018 will take place from Thursday, October 18 to Saturday, October 20.

Each day, Silos Baking Co. will open at 7:30 a.m., followed by Magnolia Market and Vendor Fair being open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. On Friday and Saturday only, once the Vendor Fair is over, only guests with concert tickets will be permitted on the grounds. Concert programming will begin at 7 p.m. and is expected to end by 10 p.m.

2) They are expecting more than 40,000 visitors to come to Magnolia Market at the Silos during the three-day celebration.

3) There will be more than 80 vendors.

The Vendor Fair and all daytime activities are free (no tickets needed) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Vendors will be coming from all over the United States to surround the Silos with goodies, including clothing, accessories, home goods, food, and more.

A few vendors include:
Ellen Mote Jewelry

Nomad Artisan Company

Little Brisket
Magnolia Table

Black Oak Art

Split Woodwork

4) Drew Holcomb and Johnnyswim will liven up the stage for nightly concerts.

On Friday and Saturday, an after-hours concert program will begin at 7 p.m. This is a ticketed event—and sadly, tickets are (not surprisingly) sold out.

5) Chip and Jo Gaines will make a special appearance during the after-hours concert event.

Of course, the duo will also grace the stage. While the concertgoers will love the music (obvi), perhaps the most highly anticipated portion of the party is a few minutes with the Fixer Upper team themselves.

6) Chip is expected to announce the winner of his Chipstarter 2.0 competition.

During said appearance, Chip will reportedly share who the Chipstarter 2.0 winner is. For those of you who don’t know, this is his video competition, which ran from September 4-10th in the hopes of finding a very lucky winner whom Chip could help put their dreams in motion. Hopefully said winner will be in attendance.

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Ironman officials reveal race course, anticipate ‘spectacular’ inaugural event in Waco

Todd Behringer knows he’s a little biased. As the CEO and President of Bicycle World Texas, the title sponsor for the upcoming Ironman 70.3 Waco Triathlon, he is fully invested in helping Waco put on a great race.

But Behringer also knows of which he speaks. He has competed in 17 Ironman races in the past, both at the full distance (140.6 miles) and the half varieties. Plus, he has already made the rounds on the Waco course, and he’s convinced.

“You have to be careful not to be biased, but it has the potential to be a spectacular race,” Behringer said. “Really, with the comparison of courses with what we’ve seen out there, to be able to start downtown and to be able to quickly get out with very good roads and no traffic, it’s getting harder and harder with the Ironman events.”


The inaugural Ironman 70.3 Waco replaces the Austin race on the Ironman schedule, and organizers were pleased and even overwhelmed by the interest. They capped registration at 3,000 participants in June.

Behringer said that Ironman officials want to stage races in urban, downtown areas, but it’s become harder to do in high-traffic cities like Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.

“So they’re really looking for mid-markets such as Waco, they can come downtown, still get the excitement of the event being downtown, but still be able to quickly get out and not let traffic be an issue,” he said.

Race organizers revealed the swimming, biking and running courses at a Friday press conference at a Waco’s Bicycle World location, simulcasting the announcement on Facebook Live. The event will begin with a 1.2-mile swim in the Brazos River, leading off from the Waco Paddle Company’s dock near the Waco Suspension Bridge. Racers will make a single loop before transitioning to a 56-mile bike course that traverses Martin Luther King Drive, China Spring Road and other McLennan County country roads before returning downtown. Though parts of that stretch are relatively flat, bikers will gain a total of 1,116 feet of elevation along the course.

“There’s enough straightaways that you want as a competitor, because you’re trying to go fast. You’re not looking around a whole lot,” Behringer said. “But, really, on the back side of the course there’s enough countryside turns to keep it to where it’s still interesting. So we like that.”

Finally, participants will embark on the 13.1-mile (half-marathon) run that utilizes much of Cameron Park. The running course features a double loop before the triathletes eventually cross over the Suspension Bridge for the finish.

The course bears some similarities to the 10-year-old TriWaco, and yet the sway of Ironman helped open up some new avenues, Behringer said.

“With this event and Ironman’s power, so to speak, their brand, they’re able to get road closures and they’re able to pull off things and have the manpower that we with TriWaco could not do,” Behringer said. “To get those roads (China Spring Road, FM 185) closed was really unheard of for any event.”

Will Phipps, executive director of the Greater Waco Sports Commission, said that he first responded to a Request for Proposal (RFP) from Ironman in early 2017. In May of that year, Ironman officials visited Waco, and the race was finalized and formally announced last November.

Race director Greg Pennington praised how both county and city officials have “opened up their arms” to welcome this inaugural Ironman event in the city.

Race officials were delighted by the registration response. Last year’s final Austin 70.3 event featured around 2,000 competitors, so the Waco race’s turnout represents a 50 percent increase – with room to grow even more.

“We capped it at 3,000. There are very few 70.3s that have that many participants,” Behringer said. “We think next year that this could literally be the largest 70.3 (race) in the nation.”

Ironman has reached a five-year agreement to hold the race in Waco, and Bicycle World of Texas has a similar commitment as title sponsor.

Race officials also believe that the event sets up well for spectators. From the vantage point of the Suspension Bridge or Washington Avenue Bridge, fans will be able to watch the swimmers as they make their loop on the Brazos. Because of the two-loop running course, fans sitting along the street should be able to view the athletes twice on their run before making a short trek over to the finish line at the Suspension Bridge to see them complete the race.

Waco owns a unique triathlon history. It hosted the state’s first triathlon in 1980 at Lake Waco’s Airport Park. The race continued on an annual basis until 1996, then faded away. But it experienced a rebirth in 2008 with the introduction of TriWaco, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary last month.

And if this inaugural Ironman race goes well, it could grease the bicycle spokes for future triathlons in Waco.

“There’s other triathlon events out there,” Behringer said. “Ironman can set the stage, you have USAT nationals, lots of other races. It really sets it up any time you do something successfully, it opens the doors for others.”

Waco Tribune-Herald

Reese Witherspoon headed to Waco in September for book tour


Reese Witherspoon will be making a stop in Waco this September as part of her Whiskey In A Teacup Book Tour.

The Academy Award-winning actress will be at Magnolia Market on September 27.

Tickets have not gone on sale yet, but you can stay up-to-date on the event’s Facebook page. Ticket sales will include a copy of her book, Whiskey in a Teacup.

Witherspoon will also be stopping in New York City, Charleston, South Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, Birmingham, Alabama, Louisville, Kentucky, Washington, D.C. and Nashville, Tennessee.

Waco will be her final stop of the tour.