City, county agree on parking arrangements for Bootfest 2019

Hyrum Ripa, 10, rides a mechanical bull at a previous Bootfest in downtown Victoria.

The city’s annual country- themed music festival will continue using county facilities for parking during the October weekend when Bootfest comes to town.

County commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding between the city and county governments during a quiet meeting Monday. The city, which runs the annual free music festival, can continue to use the parking lot at the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center, located at 2805 N. Navarro St., as it has in years past.

During the festival, the city runs a free shuttle service that transports residents from the public health center to downtown, where the concert’s main stage is located. The agreement also allows the city to use the county’s tax office parking lot and sheriff’s office parking lot. The 2019 Bootfest will take place Oct. 4-5.

Elected officials also approved construction contracts with Tierra Lease Service for the Raab Road reconstruction project. The project is expected to take about 45 days.

Commissioners also met in private for about 80 minutes Monday to discuss personnel and economic development. The court did not take any action after coming out of closed session.

Ciara McCarthy covers local government for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. You can reach her at or at 580-6597 or on Twitter at @mccarthy_ciara.

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Ciara McCarthy covers public health for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. She reports on insurance, the cost of health care, local hospitals, and more. Questions, tips, or ideas? Contact: or call 361-580-6597.

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