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Victoria's Bootfest kicks it up a notch; fireworks show moved to Friday

By Melissa Crowe
Oct. 3, 2012 at 5:03 a.m.
Updated Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:04 a.m.


• MUSIC 5 p.m., Guadalupe Surfers on the Shiner Bock Stage 6 p.m., Scott Taylor Band on the Shiner Bock Stage 7:30 p.m., No Justice on the Coors Light Stage 9:30 p.m., Stoney LaRue on the Coors Light Stage

• ACTIVITIES 5-10 p.m., free children's activities at the Kids Corral 11 p.m., Fireworks sponsored by Klean Corp. International at DeLeon Plaza

• EATS AND DRINKS 5-11 p.m., food, beer, and arts and crafts vendors

• MUSIC 10 a.m., Crossroads on the Shiner Bock Stage 11 a.m., Whiskey Sin on the Shiner Bock Stage 12:15 p.m., Trevor Cole Band on the Shiner Bock Stage 1:30 p.m., Andrea Maria & the Magnolia Band on the Shiner Bock Stage 2:45 p.m., Dr. Yahagi & the Mended Hearts on the Shiner Bock Stage 4 p.m., Clay Crockett & the Shotgun Riders Shiner Bock Stage 6 p.m., Black Dutch Sioux Coors Light Main Stage 7:30 p.m., Bart Crow on the Coors Light Stage 9 p.m., Easton Corbin on the Coors Light Stage

• ACTIVITIES 10 a.m.-1 p.m., washer tournament at De Leon Plaza 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Boot Makers & Boot Artisans De Leon Plaza 10 a.m.-10 p.m., free children's activities at the Kids Corral

EATS AND DRINKS 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m., food, beer, and arts and crafts vendors

• TRANSPORTATION 9:45 a.m. to midnight, Park & Ride Shuttle Service to downtown from the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., and the Children's Park, near the rose garden in Riverside Park

Shine up your Ariats, Tony Lamas or Luccheses this weekend for Victoria's second annual Bootfest.

Although western footwear is the festival's focus, free music, food and fun are the biggest draws.

City officials have been working a year on organizing the event.

"We're going to have perfect festival weather this weekend," Convention and Visitors Bureau Director LaRue Roth said.

The free festival features boot making demonstrations, children's activities, arts and crafts vendors, a firework show, a full schedule of live music with Stoney LaRue and Easton Corbin headlining Friday and Saturday nights' concerts.

One last-minute change is the fireworks show. The big blast originally scheduled for Saturday night has moved to Friday night.

City officials decided to make the change after learning that a dry cool front will move Saturday evening into Victoria.

"We're going to have great weather for Bootfest, but if the north wind blows too hard Saturday night, the fireworks show cannot be shot," Roth said.

The Friday fireworks will be launched at 11 p.m. from the top of the One O'Connor Plaza building following the performance of Stoney LaRue.

O.C. Garza, Victoria's communications director, said the festival also doubled the number of children's attractions, as well as adding food and beverage vendors and a second stage.

"We're going to have great carnival food, free water courtesy of DeTar, and 70 vendors selling all kinds of things," Garza said.

Lawn chairs are encouraged for the concerts, but festival-goers should leave their pets and ice chests at home, Garza said.

Sunscreen and hats for Saturday might also be handy, Roth said.

"I think our joy will come in seeing a successful festival, how excited people in Victoria are, and showing new people the town." Roth said.

After the final musical acts, downtown businesses will offer more late-night entertainment, Garza said.

Because parking is limited, the city is encouraging people to take advantage of the park and ride service Saturday.

Garza said a constant rotation of four buses leaving from Riverside Park and the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center will make it easier to get in to and out of the festival Saturday. The shuttle service runs until midnight.

"It's a perfect size festival for downtown Victoria," Garza said. "We weren't really trying to make Bootfest any larger."

Last year's estimates were that about 20,000 people attended.

"The festival fits perfectly in DeLeon Plaza, and we can't really get any larger," Garza said. "We're trying to provide something for kids, adults and everyone in between."



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