Museum of the Coastal Bend joins Victoria’s Bootfest with Brand Wall event

Brand wall at the King Ranch

The Museum of the Coastal Bend, located on campus at Victoria College, will participate in Victoria’s Bootfest weekend with a “Brand Wall” exhibit in front of the Victoria County Courthouse. The Brand Wall is a collection of branded wooden tiles that will create a living history of ranching in South Texas.

Festival spectators will enjoy a display of historic brands of the Crossroads region on Friday.

On Saturday, local ranchers are encouraged to bring their branding irons to burn their brand on the wall between 10 – 11 a.m. Heat sources will be provided along with 10” x 10” wooden tiles for branding.  Each brand’s information will be recorded and added to the Brand Wall, which will be on display during the two days of Bootfest. RSVPs for the branding activity are appreciated.

After the festival, the wall will become part of the museum’s permanent collection and on exhibit as part of “Cattle Boom: Ranching in Victoria and the Texas Coastal Bend, 1845 – 1929.”

In addition to enjoying the creation of a local Brand Wall, attendees will have the opportunity to watch a living history reenactment with Dennis Riedesel during his recreation of an authentic cattle drive breakfast as a part of Saturday’s activities.

Throughout Bootfest weekend, VC students and various student organizations will also be on hand to volunteer. The VC Pirate mascot will make appearances on both Friday and Saturday.

To RSVP for Saturday’s branding activity, please contact Museum of the Coastal Bend Director Sue Prudhomme at 361-582-2436 or via e-mail to


If You Go...

What: Museum of the Coastal Bend's Brand Wall at Bootfest

When: Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22

Where:  In front of Victoria County Courthouse

Free & Open to the Public

Published: Thursday, 13 October 2011

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