Ever seen a dog fly? The Ultimate Air Dogs make it a regular habit to fly, leap and sail to new heights and unimaginable distances. If you’ve never seen these dogs and their humans interacting and competing in the Ultimate Air Dog Challenge, you are in luck because they are coming to Dothan September 26-27 for PorktoberQue.
Ultimate Air Dogs, the premier dock jumping organization in the country, was started in 2005 by former Detroit Tigers pitcher Milt Wilcox and his son Brian. Milt was best know for winning the 3rd game of the 1984 World Series, and comes to the events as emcee and main announcer. His charismatic personality is entertainment in itself, but the real attraction is the dock diving.
Dogs are divided up into divisions according to the distance they can jump. Dogs can be any breed or mix and any size as long as they can swim. A handler will throw the toy into the pool and the dog runs and jumps to catch it. Distance is measured and awards are given. Ultimate Air Dogs has become popular because of the down to earth attitude, the grass-roots background and the ability to make every competitor feel welcome.
Ultimate Air Dogs are going to have a competition at PorktoberQue in Dothan on September 26-27 thanks to the generosity and support of the Lucky Dog Sports Club of the Wiregrass who has made this event possible. Every dog is welcome to sign up for the competition or practice which will introduce your dog to dock jumping, and can do so by registering online at the Ultimate Air Dogs webpage or on site the day of the competition.
It is free to watch the Ultimate Air Dogs dock diving competition, and there will be some seating available near their pool. Spectators may want to bring a lawn chair to ensure they have a seat, though many prefer to stand to see all the activity. The Ultimate Air Dogs competition will be held parallel to the cattle barn at the Houston County Farm Center, near the East entrance to the German-themed Biergarten. PorktoberQue runs from 5-10 pm on Friday September 26 and from 10-6 pm on Saturday September 27 and is an Oktoberfest celebration and barbecue competition that is fun for the whole family. To learn more about the festival visit www.PorktoberQue.com or call (334) 699-1475.
PorktoberQue may be the only place in Dothan where a kid aged 8-18 can turn a $10 bill into $29.99 worth of goods PLUS have a chance at winning another $50 on top of that. Academy Sports+Outdoors Kids Que is giving kids a chance to win by showing off their steak grilling skills on Saturday September 27th at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan. Limited to the first 50 kids to enter, each contestant receives a grill they can keep, charcoal for the competition and 2 steaks to grill (thank you to Fatbacks of Dothan for providing the steaks!)
Contestants only need to turn in one steak (and can eat the other) for the competition and there’s prizes in each of the two age groups. Entry forms can be downloaded below, or call (334) 699-1475 and we will mail you one. Many thanks to Academy Sports+Outdoors for sponsoring this competition and to Fatbacks for donating the steaks to be grilled. Also, look for in-store promotions at Academy to get free grilling lessons and learn how to cook in the weeks before PorktoberQue!
Download the Academy Sports+Outdoors Kids Que Rules Sheet
Download the Academy Sports+Outdoors Kids Que Entry Form
Alabama is known for barbecue. Sure, Georgia and Tennessee think they have cornered the market on barbecue, but true fans of meats smoked low and slow know that the state that is between Tennessee and Georgia (Alabama) is truly the king of Que…
Alabama combines the best elements of both of those states and has created some of the best barbecue in the country. Alabama even has its own governing board of barbecue, the Alabama Barbecue Association, who sponsors a “Alabama Barbecue Trail” with the pro winners receiving the governors cup award at the end of the season.
The ABA was formed in 2006 to oversee the Alabama Governor’s Cup, which is awarded to the professional barbecue teams with the highest overall points in their top five contests on the Alabama Barbecue Trail, which consists of sanctioned contests throughout the state. For a schedule and links to the contests click here.
It’s easy to become a member of the ABA, and you can download your form here: http://alabamabbqassociation.com/forms/AlabamaBBQAssocMembAppl.pdf Membership is $40 and any person or cook team can be a member and earn points through competitions to win the Governor’s Cup.
A first for PorktoberQue, we have a team from California coming to Dothan. They will be competing in the KCBS sanctioned barbecue cook off and competition and their team name is Woodhouse Barbecue. Since we’ve never had people competing from this far away (one year we did have some folks from New Mexico though) we thought we’d ask them why they were going to be bringing their west coast style barbecue to Dothan. Their reply? “It looked like a lot of fun.We are suckers for anything German, too. Plus we’ll be competing in the American Royal Invitational the next weekend, so we will be able to practice and then go to Kansas City from Dothan.” And PorktoberQue IS a lot of fun! So when you are out there at PorktoberQue look for these folks and welcome them to Dothan!
As if the great entertainment on two stages, car show, and free kids activities weren’t enough… with the help of Navy Federal Credit Union, we’ve got our own game of “The Price is Right” coming to PorktoberQue! Stop by the Navy Federal Credit Union booth either day to play for free and win an awesome prize !
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Here’s the proposed 2-color design for the beer steins that will be sold in the Biergarten until they run out:
Each side will have a different design, with the same colors on both sides (which are the Sam Adams Oktoberfest colors). Once we get them in, we will offer a special pre-sale deal here at the office. We think we will sell them in advance for $7.50 each (empty) and you can bring it to PorktoberQue and get a fill-up (and all refills) for just $2.25 each. At PorktoberQue, it will be $10 for a mug if we have any left and it will include a beer. Refills of this mug or last year’s mug are just $2.25 for draft beer. Last year we sold out of mugs on Friday night in just 90 minutes!
Happy 4th of July to you and your family. We feel that this holiday, a celebration of our Nation’s birth, freedom and heritage is one of the most sacred holidays in America. Please take a moment to honor our founding fathers as well as those who have served our country to keep it the land of the free and the home of the brave.
But the Polka DOTs can sure get the Biergarten hopping’! Share this page or this photo with your friends!
When Dothan needed a polka band, these three friends sprung into action to create one. Since Dothan has been called the DOT (first three letters of Dothan) and these guys play polka music, it seemed pretty logical to call themselves the Polka DOTs. Playing in the INSIDE air-conditioned Biergarten (near the ice cold beer, bratwursts and some amazing vendors) on Friday September 26 from 6-7 and again from 8-9 PM. Featuring Dan Farrell on drums, Dan Burque on accordion, and Doug Martin on tuba.
All you have to do to get in to PorktoberQue for free is to wear your German-style outfit— LederHosen, dirndl, or other festive wear and we’ll let you into the polka party of the year at no cost! These folks got in free last year, and livened up the Biergarten!