Museum of the Coastal Bend joins Victoria's BootFest with Brand Wall event

Museum of the Coastal Bend will have a Brand Wall exhibit that can be viewed on Friday and Saturday during Bootfest.
  • IF YOU GO

  • WHAT: Museum of the Coastal Bend's Brand Wall exhibit

    WHERE: Victoria County Courthouse, 115 N. Bridge St.

    WHEN: Friday and Saturday during Bootfest

    COST: Free

The Museum of the Coastal Bend, on the Victoria College campus, will participate in Victoria's Bootfest weekend with a Brand Wall exhibit in front of the Victoria County Courthouse.

The wall is a collection of branded wooden tiles that will create a living history of ranching in South Texas.

Festival spectators will enjoy a display of historic brands of the Crossroads region on Friday.

On Saturday, local ranchers are encouraged to bring their branding irons between 10-11 a.m. to burn their brand on the wall. Heat sources will be provided along with 10-inches x 10-inches wooden tiles for branding. Each brand's information will be recorded and added to the wall, which will be on display during the two days of Bootfest. RSVPs for the branding activity are appreciated.

After the festival, the wall will become part of the museum's permanent collection and on exhibit as part of "Cattle Boom: Ranching in Victoria and the Texas Coastal Bend, 1845-1929."

In addition to enjoying the creation of a local brand wall, attendees will have the opportunity to watch a living history re-enactment with Dennis Riedesel during his recreation of an authentic cattle drive breakfast as a part of Saturday's activities.

Throughout Bootfest weekend, VC students and various student organizations will also be on hand to volunteer. The VC Pirate mascot will make appearances on both day.

To RSVP for Saturday's branding activity, contact Museum of the Coastal Bend Director Sue Prudhomme at 361-582-2436 or via email to sue.prudhomme@victoriacollege.edu.