Many thanks to the hundreds of people who made PorktoberQue a success, and the thousands of people who came out and enjoyed the weekend! Until next year, PROST! Send your photos to email@example.com and we might put them on our Facebook page or use them next year!
PorktoberQue is open today from 10-6 and there’s a lot to see and do! The Ultimate Air Dogs are jumping all day, the car show is from 10-3, the barbecue competition is until 5:30 pm and there is live music on 2 stages! You can buy your tickets at the door- just $3 per person and children 6 and under are free. It’s also free for well-behaved pets on a leash and for people wearing Lederhosen or a dirndl.
The Cornhole Tournament is today at 3pm and the TV’s will be going in the Man Cave all day. The pet parade is at 11 and Ultimate Air Dogs jumping is all day. The NHS vs DHS hot wing eating contest is at 2pm today.
In the Festhaus on the Biergarten Stage you will hear The Polka Dots of Dothan and later in the day, Beatrice Fulghum playing polka music for your enjoyment. The Reptile Discovery program is also on that stage, and the free Polka Dancing lessons are at 12:30 in the Festhaus.
Outside we have great music lined up. Here’s the list and a little about the bands:
10:00- Karen Searcy- Karen has a wonderful voice that she loves to share with her community and others. Whether at a festival, church or in the shower, she’s always singing! Though she finds her peace and joy in singing Christian music and church songs, she is equally at home singing contemporary and classic songs.
?11-12- RPM- Parts of this band were formerly known as the MudCats (among a few other things). This band has put together some of the finest musicians in the Tri-State Area, and will rock your face off. They have a combined gazillion years of experience and have one of the best sounds in the area.
12: 15 -1pm Halie Long is an acoustic singer songwriter who loves performing in front of energetic crowds. Her wonderful and soulful sound lends itself making cover songs her own, while entertaining the crowd.
1:25-2:20 Sweet Honey Hospitality- Sweet Honey Hospitality is an acoustic singer/songwriter band. This high energy string band is brought to you by the letter “M” from Mason, Maggie, Mike, and Malinda. Sweet Honey Hospitality pays homage to Americana, Bluegrass, and Classic Country. You can hear them cover songs from Gangsta Rap to Bluegrass as well as originals. Sweet Honey Hospitality plays the music that speaks to their souls all while just having a good ole time.
2:30- Kids Que Awards on the Main Stage (Not sure if Academy bringing in someone to MC- maybe JB can be on standby to mc the awards?
3- 3:45 Raquel Lily- Raquel Lily was born in the Philippines, raised in New York, studied in Florida and Michigan, graduated in California, and currently living in Alabama; her eclectic background mirrors her unique pursuit to music.
Fred Mohns grew up in Birmingham and played guitar, bass and sang in various music groups. After graduating from UA, he moved to California to better develop his musical talents. After recording a number of his own projects at Weston House Recording, he began to assist the studio with various promotional projects, including the one that brought in the singing talents of Raquel Lily. They quickly began work on many other musical projects together. After returning to Birmingham with Raquel in 2013, Fred has worked full time producing, engineering, mastering her work.
Coleton Phillips joined the duo in 2014 as a percussionist. He developed his talents while playing for multiple Big Band/Jazz groups. Over the last few years, Coleton further expanded his musical prowess playing in piano rock/ pop groups in Nashville. He has since moved back to the Birmingham area, devoting his time to playing shows and recording with Raquel Lily.
4:15- 5:30 Play for Funsies- Better known as a children’s music group, Play For Funsies is used to entertaining fans of all ages. P4F will bring out the inner child in you. Listening to Play For Funsies will make all of your wildest dreams come true….sort of. They will be bringing the island beat with a twist and playing ska covers from bands like Save Ferris, Let’s Go Bowling, and Reel Big Fish. If you are a child of the 90’s you may be familiar with some of their tunes, but either way Play For Funsies will make you want to get out of your seat and dance.
BBQ Awards on Main Stage at 5:30 hosted by State Representative Paul Lee.
Tonight PorktoberQue kicks off at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan, Alabama. The farm center is at 1701 E. Cottonwood Rd., and you can buy tickets at the door for just $3 (children 6 and under are free). Or, you can get in free if you wear Lederhosen or a German outfit. Tonight’s festival is from 5pm- 10pm.
Tonight are the City Commissioners versus the County Commissioners hot wing eating contest (7pm), the corn hole practice rounds (all evening), Bavarian Obstacle course challenge, and of course, live music on two stages.
In the Festhaus (that’s the larger metal building that’s air-conditioned) is our Oktoberfest music and food, plus cold draft beer from Sam Adams Octoberfest. The Polka Dots of Dothan will play all night and there will be a dance floor. Don’t forget, if you buy a beer mug, you get refills for $2.25 each all weekend!
On the outside stage, there are two acts. At 5:30 is Flip Robinson. He is a young man making his way in the world as a musician. His acoustic versions of songs have earned him a good following with young adults across the Wiregrass.
7:00 Kristan Mikala and the Paradox will play. They are a veritable powerhouse of a band based in Dothan, AL. Known for their engaging and creative interpretations of high-energy rock covers as well as fun, relatable originals, Kristan Mikala and the Paradox brings a party wherever they go. Formed and fronted by a dynamic, award-winning vocalist and songwriter, the band has been performing widely in the Southeast throughout 2014
Don’t forget, rain or shine PorktoberQue is this weekend! It begins tomorrow at 5pm at the Houston County Farm Center and we hope to see you there. You can look through this site and have most of your questions answered. If you hover your mouse on many of the categories above in the tool bar, there will be a drop down menu with lots of choices and information. Explore the site and find out what’s going on tomorrow at PorktoberQue. You can buy your tickets at the door- just $3 for adults and children 6 and under free.
Enjoy the FREE Reptile Discovery Program, sponsored by Five Star Credit Union! Bruce Shwedick will bring several of his reptile friends to PorktoberQue, and he will present a program on Friday evening (September 26th) at 7pm and three programs on Saturday September 27th (11:30, 1:30 and 3:30, tentatively). The programs will be on the stage in the air-conditioned Festhaus, located in the large metal building facing the Ross Clark Circle at the Farm Center. After each program, Bruce will offer the opportunity for spectators to get up close and personal with select reptiles and take photographs.
Here are a few photographs of the Reptile Discovery Program in action at schools and our festival last year. Bring your camera and enjoy this free activity at PorktoberQue, courtesy of Five Star Credit Union!
The Reptile Discovery program, presented by Bruce Shwedick and based in Plant City, Florida, has provided assembly programs to well over 1,000 schools in forty-five states across the US and in Washington, D.C. Each program features large, gentle, captive born reptiles from around the globe. Information on their natural history, geography and conservation is presented in a format suitable for audiences of all ages.
Bruce began raising reptiles at the age of ten with the help of his older brother Michael. Michael is also a reptile specialist and the founder of Reptile World, Inc. in Maryland, where they grew up. Please visit:www.reptileworld.org . Michael received his initial professional training at the Miami Serpentarium, under the direction of William E. Haast.
Bruce began assisting his brother with summer program in 1974, and has presented programs on his own since 1975. Bruce attended the first crocodile conservation workshop held in Africa in 1978. Since then Bruce has returned to Africa four times and has also traveled to South America and Asia to learn more about reptiles and their impact on the lives of people.
He is a steering committee member of the IUCN/SSC Crocodile Specialist Group, www.iucncsg.org in which he currently serves as chair of the Tomistoma Task Force www.tomistoma.org . In addition to providing education programs ands exhibits, Bruce also operates Crocodile Conservation Services, www.crocodileconservation.org and works closely with curators and keepers working in zoological parks and aquariums on projects related to the captive husbandry, reproduction and conservation of crocodilians.
One of our favorite local restaurants, Fatbacks, will be on site at PorktoberQue serving their fresh-fried pork skins. Their “cracklins” are super yummy because they coat them with a magic blend of barbecue rub seasonings and salt. They will be located right next to the main outside beer tent (in the yellow metal building, just in from the main gate) so make sure you get some cold beer and hot pork skins!
Don’t forget about the Pet Parade scheduled for this Saturday, September 27 at PorktoberQue!
Who doesn’t love a good pet parade? The cute costumes, the furry little faces, and the joy that the crowd feels are all the elements of a good pet parade, and we hope to bring all of that to PorktoberQue this year. CHARM (City of Headland Animal Rescue Mission) will be hosting the pet parade and invite all animals to participate. The rules are simple: Your dog should be friendly to other dogs, your dog must be on a shirt leash (no retractable leashes) and you must bring a baggie to pick up any waste your dog leaves behind.
Registration for the “PorktoberQue Polka, Pigs, Pints and Pups Pet Parade” begins Saturday September 27th outside the main gate. CHARM will have a table set up for registration from 10:00 until 10:30 AM. At this time the workers will line up the pets and get ready for the 11:00 pet parade throughout the PorktoberQue fairgrounds. The registration fee, payable the day of the event, is $10 and provides for two admission tickets for the humans as well as the pet. 100% of the registration fee raised goes to CHARM and their work in helping find forever homes to animals in need.
Although costumes are not required, feel free to dress yourself and/or your pet up in an Oktoberfest themed costume, or one representing fall or your favorite holiday. This is going to be a fun event we hope to grow each year. For more information on the Pet Parade, call CHARM at (334) 693-9097 or visit www.PorktoberQue.com
Two of our sponsors (possibly a couple more we don’t know about yet) are having a prize wheel at PorktoberQue this weekend. That means you can go to their booth and spin the wheel for free to try to win great prizes!
Stop By Navy Federal Credit Union‘s booth and play a FREE round of their version of “The Price is Right”. Everyone who participates receives a prize, so make sure you come on by and have some fun at PorktoberQue!
Also nearby, the Island View Casino from Gulfport Mississippi will be bringing their own prize wheel that you can spin to win some great gifts! Make sure you stop by these two FREE booths and you can win some fantastic prizes just for coming to PorktoberQue!
Take a few moments out of your schedule today to take your kids (between the ages of 8-18) to Academy Sports + Outdoors on Montgomery Highway. Between 12:30 and 2:30 students can try out their grilling skills on several grills. Academy has purchased a number of steaks to give to the kids to try out their skills (first come first serve on the steaks). Dothan Country Club Chef du Cuisine, Joe Whaley, will be on hand to assist kids in learning some finer points of grilling. Best of all, this event is FREE courtesy of Academy Sports+Outdoors!
Many thanks to our sponsor, Mosquito Squad of the Wiregrass, for spraying the Houston County Farm Center for us this week so that PorktoberQue can be as bug and mosquito free as possible. Though it can be difficult to have large areas such as the Houston County Farm Center treated, the folks at Mosquito Squad of the Wiregrass did a great job. If you don’t get bitten while at PorktoberQue, make sure you stop by their booth (straight ahead of the main gate and off to the right just a little) and thank them!