Students from Victoria College's music program return to the Bootfest stages to get entertainers ready to play this weekend. The college's sponsorship includes providing stagehands to help set up equipment and staging the scheduled performers. "This is a great opportunity for our students to get hands-on experience with another side of the music industry,"  associate music professor Jonathan Anderson told the Victoria Advocate. "It also doesn't hurt that they get backstage access to all the shows." The college's participation also includes use of the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts as a green room for entertainers.

Anderson helped festival committees select headliners Stoney LaRue and Easton Corbin. "We wanted to bring big name talent to Victoria, so we looked at who's been winning awards and who is up and coming," said Anderson.