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City Corner column: Entertainment lineup set for Bootfest

By By Jennifer Sourdellia
July 8, 2012 at 2:08 a.m.


Who are the entertainers for this year's Bootfest?

The musical lineup for this year's Bootfest, scheduled for Oct. 5-6, will feature headliner Easton Corbin.

He's the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two singles - "A Little More Country Than That" and ""Roll With It" - reach No. 1. Corbin has received 13 Country Music Award nominations in six months.

Entertainment for the two-day festival begins on Oct. 5 and includes the Scott Taylor Band at 6 p.m., No Justice at 7:30 p.m. and Stoney LaRue at 9:30 p.m.

On Oct. 6, local favorite Clay Crockett & the Shotgun Riders will perform at 4 p.m., followed by Black Dutch Sioux at 5:30 p.m., Bart Crow at 7 p.m. and Easton Corbin at 9 p.m.

Festival-goers also may look forward to music by local bands Saturday before the headliners take the stage.

In addition to lots of live music, there will be a washers tournament, free children's activities, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, boot makers and boot artisans, and a fireworks show will conclude the festival on Saturday night following the performance by Easton Corbin.

You won't want to miss this free event for the entire family and it will again be held in downtown Victoria. Learn more at visitvictoriatx.com

Does the city's community outreach include hosting blood drives? If so, is the city planning to host a blood drive anytime soon?

Blood donations are critical to saving lives, including your own.

The Victoria police and fire departments respond to people in need of blood daily, including accident and trauma victims. Each day, the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center needs 600 units of blood to meet the demands of 100 hospitals and clinics in 43 South Texas counties. The Victoria blood bank alone supports 12 surrounding counties.

Volunteer blood donors help the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center collect an adequate blood supply for the city of Victoria and beyond.

To help meet the demands of blood in our community, the city will host a blood drive this week. City employees and the community will have three opportunities to donate blood at three different locations on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The blood drive will be held:• Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., 700 Main Center parking lot

• Thursday8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., City Hall/ Police Department parking lot

• Friday9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., Fire Station 4, at Salem Road and Loop 463

Individuals benefiting from blood drives are hemophiliacs, premature infants, cancer patients, open-heart surgery patients, recipients of organ or tissue transplants, those with sickle cell anemia and many others.

Anyone 16 years old weighing 120 pounds (with a parental consent form), or at least 17 years old weighing 110 pounds, and in good general health can donate blood. There is no upper age limit for donation.

Donors must present a valid form of identification, such as a company ID badge, driver's license, security badge with a photograph and name, passport, yearbook listing with photo, or a bank card or credit card that contains a photograph.

Donors are also asked to bring a listing of medications they are currently taking. After completing a screening process for eligibility, blood donors will receive a mini-physical consisting of a check of their blood pressure, vital signs and iron level.

If you would like to give the gift of life, please pre-register for the city of Victoria's blood drive by calling me at 361-485-3109.

Do you have a question about the city of Victoria? Please submit your questions and comments about any city department to Jennifer Sourdellia in the communications/public information office by emailing jsourdellia@victoriatx.org or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.

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