Meet Becky Parsons & Inge Cole

Becky Parsons and Inge Cole, co-editors of The Scout Guide East Texas, are no strangers to supporting small businesses. Born and raised in Texas, they come from families of entrepreneurs and artisans, and appreciate the unique charm and profound impact local businesses have on their communities.

Originally from Tyler and raised in the Dallas area, Inge is an accomplished professional with a Master of Business Administration from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington. After living across the United States with a tenured, successful career as a Sales and Marketing Executive in the Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Industries, Inge is excited to be back home in Texas.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Becky, grew up in North Dallas and spent most of her life there. As a long-time executive assistant, she is familiar with the ins and outs of running a business. Her attention to detail, eye for style, and love of all things local make her uniquely qualified to showcase everything East Texas has to offer.

Becky and Inge, admirers of The Scout Guide’s aesthetic beauty and mission, are thrilled to begin a new chapter as co-editors of The Scout Guide East Texas. They relocated to Tyler to be closer to family and are motivated by the opportunity to celebrate the talented artists, craftspeople, entrepreneurs, and visionaries that make East Texas so extraordinary.

Passionate about East Texas and its unique culture and history, Becky and Inge believe The Scout Guide is a one-of-a-kind way to showcase the best of what East Texas has to offer.

Becky & Inge’s Favorite Reasons to Visit

Reason 1

Tyler Rose Garden & Texas Rose Festival: The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is the largest public rose garden in the United States, with over 38,000 rose bushes and 600 different varieties. The annual Texas Rose Festival has been held in Tyler since 1933, and is a celebration of the city’s rose-growing heritage. The festival features a variety of events, including a queen’s coronation, a rose parade, and rose show. Held every year during the third weekend of October, it is free to attend, and is a great way to experience the beauty of Tyler’s roses and the spirit of the city.

Reason 2

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame: The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame is located in Carthage, Texas, and honors those born in the state of Texas who have made outstanding contributions to country music. The museum features exhibits on the history of Texas country music, as well as memorabilia from some of the genre’s most famous artists. Inductees include George Strait, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and Lyle Lovett, to name a few. The museum also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including concerts, workshops, and educational programs.

Reason 3

Great Texas Balloon Race & Outdoor Activities: Longview is home to the Great Texas Balloon Race, a three-day event featuring hot air balloon flights, musical entertainment, and family activities. The race attracts balloonists from all over the world and is held every year in June. In addition to the balloon race, East Texas is the perfect place for hiking, biking, fishing, boating, camping, and more at the many state parks and over 50 lakes in the region. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway or an exciting adventure, East Texas has something to offer everyone.

WORDS TO LIVE BY:  “Why fit in when you were born to stand out.” – Dr. Seuss