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2007 Winners of the Best of American Bootmakers Competition

This is the second year Silver Dollar City has held a Best of American Bootmakers Competition.

Each park visitor got a chance to vote for their favorite cowboy boots. Over 7,500 ballots and 35,000 votes were cast.

Silver Dollar City awarded over $12,500.00 in cash and products to the winning bootmakers.

Congratulations to the winners!

Work Boot

1st Place — Mark Schumacher (Wolsey, SD)

2nd Place — Wild Bill (Granby, CT)

3rd Place — Dew Westover (Vernon, TX)

Office Boot

1st Place — Carl Chappell (Saint Jo, TX)

2nd Place — Stephanie Ferguson (Millsap, TX)

3rd Place — Mike Spikes (Henrietta, TX)

Stage Boot

1st Place — Keith Rohwedder (Weatherford, TX)

2nd Place — Pascal (North Hollywood, CA)

3rd Place — Stephanie Ferguson (Millsap, TX)

Novice Class

1st Place — Jacky Heflin (Keller, TX)

2nd Place — Alys Glaze (Saint Jo, TX)

3rd Place — Steve McCord (Henrietta, TX)

Best Shop Effort

1st Place — Robert Brest (San Angelo, TX)

2nd Place — Olsen Seltzer (Henrietta, TX)

3rd Place — Tres Outlaw (El Paso, TX)

Best of Show

Carl Chappell (Saint Jo, TX)

Artist Choice Award …Voted on by Silver Dollar City Master Craftsmen

Carl Chappell (Saint Jo, TX)

Next year, Silver Dollar City will have a working boot and saddle shop, during its Salute to the Great American Cowboy in September 2008 (in lieu of a boot contest.) Plan your own visit to Silver Dollar City, where they have a passion in keeping, demonstrating and showcasing the “lost arts” of the past. (video)

Travel: Following the Bootmaker Trail

Hit the road with Western writer Johnny D. Boggs. In his article “Following the Bootmaker Trail” Boggs travels from Guthrie, Oklahoma to Phoenix, Arizona… visiting at least fifteen bootmakers along the way.

This article is full of quotes and stories that showcase the personality of each shop. Don’t overlook the article’s sidebar. It’s loaded with current information about base prices and delivery times.

Collectors can purchase this issue of True West magazine (October 2006), by clicking here.

Photo of Paul Bond courtesy of True West.

Best in Show, Silver Dollar City 2006

Visit Silver Dollar City’s website for the prize winning cowboy boots of the Best of American Bootmakers Competetition 2006.

Park visitors voted for their favorite pairs in five categories: “Novice,” “Work,” “Office,” and “Stage” boots… along with “Best Shop Effort,” a category for larger boot companies where a boot is passed from hand to hand during its construction.

As the newest offering in the Festival of American Music & Crafts …there were nearly 60 pairs of boots entered in the contest and bootmakers demonstrating their craft. I’m making my plans to attend next year’s competition… September 13 through October 27. See you there!

(Use the comments link below to tells us which boots got your vote?)

These Carmack’s Custom Boots won 1st place in the Stage Boot Competition and Best in Show. (Photo courtesy Silver Dollar City. )

Carmack’s Custom Boots

Greg Carmack, Bootmaker

6020 North Hwy 6

Waco, TX 76712
E-mail: bootmaker@prodigy.net