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City Corner column: Bootfest coming up on Oct. 5-6

By By Jennifer Sourdellia
Sept. 16, 2012 at 4:16 a.m.
Updated Sept. 17, 2012 at 4:17 a.m.


I am looking forward to the upcoming Bootfest. Can you tell me all about it and what the community can expect to see and do at this year's festival?

Absolutely. The city of Victoria is proud to bring Bootfest back to downtown Victoria for the second year in a row. The free festival will be Oct. 5 and 6 and will feature two days of music, boot makers, kid's activities, arts and crafts vendors, food, a washer tournament, a Bootfest Texana art show and competition and a fireworks show.

If you enjoy music, then this festival is for you. Bootfest will offer a variety of musical entertainment throughout the festival, including local and regional bands, hot Texas entertainers and rising Nashville stars. Easton Corbin is this year's festival headliner and is set to take the stage on Oct. 6, starting at 9 p.m. This year, there are three entertainment stages. In addition to Corbin, playing on the Coors Light main stage will be No Justice, Stoney LaRue, Black Dutch Sioux and Bart Crow. Local and regional bands playing on the Shiner Bock stage two will be Guadalupe Surfers, Scott Taylor Band, Crossroads, Whiskey Sin, Trevor Cole Band, Dr. Yahagi and the Mended Hearts and Clay Crockett and the Shotgun Riders.

Over the two-day festival, there will be 17 hours of fun, free activities for the kids at the Kids Corral, sponsored by Caterpillar. Kids will enjoy two rock climbing walls, two bungee trampolines, an alligator slide, bounce house, mechanical bull, waterballs, obstacle course, caterpillar climb-through and kids' karaoke. The Kids Corral stage three, sponsored by Invista, will feature a variety of performances and exhibitions by VISD dance groups, Kellar Dance Dynamics, Manning Gymnastics, Gymagic, Victoria Karate Academy and more.

Bootfest will conclude with a bang on Saturday evening, when a spectacular pyrotechnic fireworks display will be launched from the top of One O'Connor Plaza, sponsored by Klean Corp. International.

Special thanks to One O'Connor Plaza for providing the building's rooftop as a launch pad for the fireworks show.

Parking will be limited in the vicinity of the festival and several downtown streets will be closed. But don't worry - you can get to Bootfest by catching a ride on one of the two shuttle buses that will be transporting attendees continuously (and free of charge) on Oct. 6 from 9:45 a.m. to midnight. You can park and ride from two different locations: The Dr. Patti Dodson Public Health Center parking lot at 2805 N. Navarro St. or at the Children's Park, near the Rose Garden on McCright Drive in Riverside Park.

While you are at Bootfest, be sure to take a short survey, either a paper form or via the Bootfest mobile app survey, sponsored by the Victoria Advocate, for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind art guitar.

Bootfest can only be a success with the help of volunteers. If you or a team of volunteers from your company would like to volunteer, please contact Marie Lester at 361-485-3230.

Bootfest is being sponsored by Klean Corp. International, Caterpillar, DeTar Healthcare System, Coors Light, Shiner Bock, First Victoria, Frost Insurance, Invista, High Brehm Hats and Western Wear, Torin Bales Fine Jewelry, Union Pacific, Victoria Advocate, Victoria College and Wells Fargo.

For more details about Bootfest, including a complete schedule of events, visit bootfest.org or call 361-485-3116.

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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