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San Antonio resident takes first place in 'Boots' photo contest


Aug. 8, 2011 at 3:08 a.m.

Drake, a yellow lab puppy who belongs to San Antonio residents Walter Baggett and Sarah Souter, snoozes beside a pair of boots. The photo was the winning shot in the Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau's "Boots On and Boot Up" contest. First prize was a pair of Victoria-style Lucchese boots and a free Victoria hotel stay.

High Brehm Hats & Western Wear went to the dogs Monday morning as Walter Baggett entered, his faithful lab pup, Drake, in tow.

While Baggett examined boots, his trusty sidekick administered slobbery kisses and excitedly nosed potential friends.

"He's in his terrible 2s," Baggett said, shaking his head. "He's a little hyper."

Baggett won a pair of Victoria-style Lucchese boots, a goodie bag and a free Victoria hotel stay through the Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau's "Boots On and Boot Up" photo contest. He and Drake ventured into High Brehm, 6603 N. Navarro St., for a boot fitting.

The San Antonio resident's winning picture was a shot of Drake dozing by a black pair of boots. The caption read "My dawgs are tired, I'm trying to get back to Victoria."

During the contest, entrants submitted photos in their boots to the Visit Victoria Texas Facebook page between May 30 and June 30, according to a City of Victoria news release. More than 80 entries came in, and the top five made it online.

Facebook fans had the final say, however, voting for their favorites.

The contest was open to the surrounding area but not to Victoria residents, said Janell McPhail, who owns Jet Marketing and Advertising. The goal was to encourage people to bring their boots to Victoria, she explained.

Inspiration for Baggett's photo came from his wife, Sarah Souter, who also attended Monday's boot fitting. She set up the shot, while Baggett took the picture.

The husband-wife duo thought the picture was cute, Baggett said, but didn't necessarily expect to win.

"It was a surprise," said Baggett, a former Victoria resident. "It's a nice prize. But we didn't expect it."

He selected a brown pair of boots with the "Street of Ten Friends" logo for his prize, mainly because of the leather color and heel design, he said.

All in all, he said, he was happy with his win.

And, as for Drake? Judging by his wiggly tail, which bumped into more than a couple of tables, he was happy, too.

"I think he's excited about the boots," Baggett said.



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