City Corner: Bootfest 2012 will go on; rumor wrong

By Jennifer Sourdellia
Aug. 5, 2012 at 3:05 a.m.
Updated Aug. 6, 2012 at 3:06 a.m.

I heard that Bootfest is not being held this year. Is that true?

The rumor you heard is completely false. Bootfest will remain as Victoria's largest downtown festival. Bootfest will be Friday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6, in downtown Victoria.

Last year's Bootfest was a success, thanks in part to volunteers from the community.

Volunteers are needed again this year. The following types of individuals would be ideal volunteers for Bootfest:

•  Students who need volunteer hours Students who need volunteer hours

•  Citizens who enjoy volunteering Citizens who enjoy volunteering

•  Corporate neighbors who pride themselves on giving back to the community Corporate neighbors who pride themselves on giving back to the community

If this description fits you or someone you know, please contact Volunteer Committee Chairwomen Cheryl Marthiljohni and Marie Lester at 361-485-3500.

There are various areas where volunteers are needed, such as helping at the children's event area, the ticket booth, beer booth and information booth, the volunteer check-in area and the volunteer hospitality area. Snacks and beverages will be available for volunteers.

Bootfest was also a success thanks to our sponsors. Opportunities to sponsor and support the second annual Bootfest are still available.

There are also spots still available for arts and crafts vendors. Vendors will operate their booths around DeLeon Plaza during the weekend from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 and from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Cost for a 10 foot by 10 foot arts and crafts booth is $75. Cost for a 10 foot by 20 foot food vendor booth is $200. Electricity is provided. To provide more variety for our Bootfest visitors, the city has chosen to limit like type vendors. Vendors are encouraged to contact the Parks and Recreation Department to discuss the available options.

Vendors must call the Parks and Recreation Department at 361-485-3200 or come by the Parks and Recreation office, 476 McCright Drive, next to the Rose Garden in Riverside Park. For all the details about Bootfest, visit or

Is it a violation of the city ordinance to leave garbage/recycling containers on the street seven days a week?

Yes. According to Sec. 13-175 (b) of the City Code, it shall be unlawful for any person to place or leave any residential container, empty or otherwise, on or near the curb after 8 p.m. on the designated collection day or prior to 8 p.m. on the day before the day designated for collection.

Individuals in violation of the ordinance will receive a notification letter in the mail; if they continue to leave the cart in the street or on the curb, they will receive a second letter. If they continue to leave the cart in the street after receiving the second letter, the case will be submitted to the City's Code Enforcement Department for further action and the resident will be fined.

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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