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Earth Friendly: Bootfest goes green

Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:04 a.m.

Marie Lester

By Marie Lester

Bootfest is today and Saturday.

You don't have to wear boots, but if you do you will enjoy the crunch of acorns and autumn leaves under your feet at DeLeon Plaza. Fall is a time for festivals - and Bootfest is a great one to attend because it has "gone green."

First of all, you can be eco-friendly on your way to Bootfest by carpooling. The fewer cars on the road the better - less traffic congestion means fewer air pollution emissions. There are several free places to park including:

Parking lot on corner of Liberty and Juan Linn streets.

Parking lot on corner of William and Santa Rosa streets.

First Baptist Church parking lots.

First United Methodist Church parking lots.

You can also utilize the excellent park and ride shuttle service to get to Bootfest in a jiffy. This is a free service that will operate 10 a.m. until midnight Saturday from these two locations:

Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center parking lot, 2805 N. Navarro St.

Riverside Park Old Little League Field parking lot (turn on Magnolia from U.S. Highway 87/Main Street, which becomes McCright Drive)

Once you get to Bootfest, continue being green by recycling. Green recycling carts with yellow lids will be available throughout the event. Please recycle plastic bottles, aluminum bottles and aluminum cans in these bins.

Want to wear your green? Then become a Bootfest volunteer and get a free neon green T-shirt. I know it is last minute, but we still need you. Volunteers are needed from 3 - 11 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday. We still need volunteers for beer booths, ticket booths, water booths, Kids Corral, volunteer hospitality or T-shirt/koozie sales booth. Please email me at cmlester@victoriatx.org to sign up.

Go green with Bootfest and get ready for two fun and entertaining days of live music, kids activities, arts & crafts, a washers tournament, art show and competition, bootmakers, food, fireworks and more. This is a free event for the community.

The festival kicks-off at 5:30 p.m. this evening and lasts all day Saturday. For a full schedule, visit bootfest.org.

Want to make your next event green? Here are a few tips:

Recycle: The City of Victoria has loaner recycling bins you can use free of charge. Book the bins for your next fundraiser, wedding, fun run or other event. Call 361-485-3230 to book them.

Reusable dinnerware: Get yourself a set of inexpensive reusable plates, bowls, cups and flatware to use at parties or business meetings. Disposable dinnerware is popular due to its convenience (I mean nobody likes to wash dishes) - so make sure your reusable set is dishwasher safe.

Green your shopping list: Purchase reusable decorations (maybe plants you can plant in your garden instead of fresh cut flowers),

Buy local and/or organic foods.

Select products with minimal packaging.

For more tips on going green, visit our website at www.victoriatx.org, go to Environmental Services and get your green on!

Marie Lester is the environmental programs coordinator for the City of Victoria's Environmental Services Department. You may contact her with topic ideas, inspiration, questions and comments at cmlester@victoriatx.org.

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