Fashion takes center stage at Bootfest (video)
Oct. 4, 2013 at 5:04 a.m.
Updated Oct. 5, 2013 at 5:05 a.m.
• 11 a.m. - Sara Rivas
• 12:30 p.m. - The Krystals
• 2 p.m. - Jeremy Halliburton
• 3:30 p.m. - Nate Rodriguez
• 9 p.m. - Jerrod Niemann
If you see barbecue stains or someone with a farmer's tan, don't forget to tweet us your pictures to @GetOutVictoria or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org to participate in Bootfest Bingo. Look in Thursday's Get Out for a Bingo card. We'll choose the best submitted picture, and the person with the best pic wins a pair of movie tickets.
We want to see how creative you are with your boots and fashion at Bootfest this weekend. Tweet us photos of your boots at the festival at #BootfestVA on Twitter when you're out and about. The person who submits the best photo by noon Monday will win two movie tickets.
Although Kylie Reed is only 10 years old, the strawberry blonde knows what makes a true Texan: Cowboy boots.
"Texans have to have their boots," she said, showing off her pink kickers Friday night at Bootfest, "and a hat to match."
Honoring the region's rich ranching heritage, Bootfest kicked off Friday evening with good music, better food and a whole lot of fashion.
The free, two-day festival in DeLeon Plaza features boot making demonstrations, an over-the-top corral for children to play in and a full schedule of performances by artists such as the Turnpike Troubadours, Sarah Rivas and Jerrod Niemann.
Tracy Guardipee, 52, of Victoria, bought her boots during a midlife crisis. "I was turning 50, and I wanted to be pretty and different."
Her storytelling boots have everything from a rose to the words "Ride 'Em" painted on them. "I feel like I stand out," she said. "I love them."
Pablo Trujillo, 24, of Victoria, plays in a country band and has lived in Texas his entire life but never owned a pair of boots until recently.
"I always wanted some," he said. So he and his girlfriend drove to Nocona, her hometown, and picked out his first pair of Larry Mahan's.
"I plan to wear them out some on stage and give them some character," he said.
Kali Gutierrez, 26, drove in from Tivoli with her family for the event. "We don't ever wear boots," she said. "But I got a pair just for Bootfest."
Gutierrez kept her look simple with light brown leather boots with modest detailing. "I didn't want to be too over the top," she said.
As for her daughter, that was another story. Four-year-old Mariah rocked a pair of pink boots bedazzled with glittery stars.
She loved them.
Roy Thompson, 64, of Victoria, said his boots embody hard work and a little style - after all, the man was wearing rock-star red boots.
"Red goes with everything," he said.