City Corner column: 10 reasons to attend Bootfest

Oct. 16, 2011 at 5:16 a.m.

By Jennifer Sourdellia

Can you tell me about the activities planned during Bootfest?

Yes. There will be something for everyone to enjoy at the first-ever Bootfest event on Friday and Saturday. And the best thing about Bootfest: It's free to attend.

Here are the top 10 reasons why you should be there:

1. To listen to headline entertainers Wade Bowen on Friday night and Josh Abbott on Saturday night.

2. It's free.

3. For plenty of delicious festival food favorites, including sausage on a stick, barbecue, funnel cake, jumbo corn dogs, shrimp, gumbo, hamburgers and much more.

4. To browse and shop at more than 100 arts and crafts booths.

5. For the great line-up of music entertainers - including JB and the Moonshine Band opening for Wade Bowen on Friday; on Saturday, enjoy Clay Crockett and the Shotgun Riders; Curtis and Luckey; the Scott Taylor Band; Whiskey Myers and the Josh Abott Band.

6. To spend a fun day with the kids. There will be a Corral Activity Area especially for kids, featuring bouncy houses, an alligator slide, bungee trampoline, Velcro wall, a mechanical bull and much more. You can also enjoy rocking with Radio Disney during three high-energy performances on Saturday.

7. To enjoy a Branding Wall Exhibit and demonstration sponsored by the Museum of the Coastal Bend. Local ranchers are invited to bring their branding iron and burn their brands into the Branding Wall. Join us from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday for the exhibit and demonstration on the lawn of the Victoria County Courthouse.

8. To see how boots are made. Boot crafters will be at DeLeon Plaza showcasing their skills and the tedious process of making a pair of boots.

9. To watch an awesome fireworks show that will be launched from the rooftop of the One O'Connor Plaza Building on Saturday evening at the conclusion of the festival.

10. Getting there is free. There will be free transportation to Bootfest from park-and-ride locations at the Dr. Patti Dodson Public Health Center parking lot and from Citizens Medical Center parking lot.

Bring your boots and plan to join us for a great time. For a detailed schedule of events, visit

I am employed at an office located in downtown Victoria. Where will downtown employees be allowed to park during Bootfest?

Beginning at 10 p.m. this Thursday, streets surrounding the downtown area will be blocked off in preparation for Bootfest, Friday and Saturday.

Individuals who work at downtown businesses are asked to park outside of the barricaded areas immediately before and during Bootfest so their vehicle does not get trapped in traffic throughout the festival weekend. Employees who work at One O'Connor Plaza and at First Victoria Bank will be able to park as usual in the parking garages.

The following streets will be closed to thru-traffic:

Main Street from Goodwin Avenue to Santa Rosa Street; the parking garage entrance will remain open and east turn-only permitted onto Goodwin.

Bridge Street from Goodwin Avenue to Santa Rosa Street

Glass Street from Goodwin Avenue to Constitution Street

Goodwin Avenue from Glass to Liberty streets

Forrest Street from Moody to Liberty streets

Constitution Street from Moody to Liberty streets

Downtown businesses will have limited accessibility via side streets surrounding the blocked areas. If you own a business downtown in the blocked area and your business is expecting a scheduled delivery on Friday or Saturday, please contact the city's communications office at 361-485-3110 no later than Thursday, so we can ensure deliveries can be planned for and accommodated during this period.

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 or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.



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