Welcome to our newest sponsor, KMX

We’re pleased to have radio powerhouse KMX 1067 WKMX LOGOon board as one of our stage sponsors for PorktoberQue! Not only are they going to help us in promoting the event September 25-26 at the Farm Center, but they plan on brining a number of fun and free games to PorktoberQue for the whole family to play and win prizes!

Some of the fun games you can look for (details coming soon) include the fun revival of BUTT BOWLING, Flying Piggies (kids corn hole game, Nuts and Butts, Pin the tail on the Piggie and many more creative and fun activities to enjoy! The games may change a little as details are being worked out and tweaked, but we’re thrilled to include KMX as a sponsor at PorktoberQue and hope you’ll visit their booth along the fence (near the car show) at the event!

 

Do you know how to play bean-bag toss/ cornhole?

For the third year, the Cornhole in the Wiregrass Tournament is set to coincide with PorktoberQue at the Houston County Farm Center September 25-26. Teams who pre-register will not only get a discount, but also receive $16 worth of admission tickets to PorktoberQue. Pre-registration is just $20 and includes practice rounds Friday night and the tournament Saturday. You must pre-register by September 15 to receive the discount. Registrations after that date and the day of are $25 but do not include the 4 tickets into PorktoberQue.

All of the money received will go to the girls soccer program at Northview High School. For more information or to register, please call Coach Williams at 334-794-3179 or visit www.PorktoberQue.com

Print off the form below or call 334-794-3179 for one to be mailed to you!
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Your $4 Ticket in to PorktoberQue is Valuable

This just in… the back of your admission ticket to PorktoberQue this year is worth a whole lot more, thanks to the generosity of our sponsor, Jake’s Bar and Grill. All ticket holders will receive a coupon good for a FREE appetizer at Jake’s valid through the month of October. Jakes offers a wide variety of food options and is open from dinner time through your late night hours. Plus, Jake’s is the official “after party” of PorktoberQue on Saturday September 26. So, when the fun ends at the Farm Center at 7 you can head over to Jakes and use your coupon for some more fun!

You ticket is also a valuable asset in the community. Your $4 admission ticket is used to support several youth programs in the area. $1 from each ticket sold goes to the Taylor Christmas family project. Local Masons collect money each year to provide food and presents for those less fortunate in the community and working the gate and taking tickets at PorktoberQue is one of their fundraisers. Also, $1 from each ticket is designated to assist the Northview High School JR ROTC program, whose volunteers will be assisting in the parking lot parking cars. The other $2 from each ticket goes to the Houston County Farm Center (the facility we rent for PorktoberQue). The Farm Center has been an institution in the area for decades, providing facilities for equestrian, hog and cattle shows for youth and 4H programs.

Tickets for PorktoberQue will go on sale in August, and know that your ticket is good for not only fun and the festivities of PorktoberQue, but also that it helps kids in the community and you get a free appetizer in the process!

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Welcome WTVY to PorktoberQue as one of our Entertainment Sponsors!

WTVY, Dothan’s oldest television station, is proud to partner with PorktoberQue this year as one of the major sponsors of the event. Their commitment to community is evident throughout their 60 year history and this festival is no exception. We are working out the details as to how the family of stations owned by WTVY will participate, but are pleased to announce their support of the 2015 PorktoberQue!

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PorktoberQue to Help Feed Homeless and Needy

The Kansas City Barbeque Society is pleased to announce the 100KCBS Meals Mission to help feed the homeless and hungry throughout America with 100,000 BBQ Meals this year. By working with and mobilizing BBQ lovers across the country, from volunteers and attendees to teams at sanctioned events, KCBS will be purchasing Boston pork butts for participating teams at select events to assist in the collection of food in order to make this charitable effort possible. PorktoberQue, in Dothan, Alabama is again participating in this noble mission.

Nearly 15 percent of all US households, roughly 49 million people, struggle to put food on the table. More than 1 in 5 children in the United States live below the poverty line. Though Love in Action Ministries, PorktoberQue will be able to provide hundreds of meals by donating freshly cooked Boston Butts to local residents in need. The cook teams participating in PorktoberQue will be cooking an extra butt for Love in Action to distribute.

Who exactly are the folks at Love In Action International Ministries?

Mission Statement: To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through acts of compassion and making disciples in accordance to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ found in Matthew 28:18-20.

How do they accomplish their mission?

  • In Dothan, Alabama:
  • Provide needs for the homeless – Bible study, food, showers, laundry services, hygiene, clothes.
  • Providing needs for the most needy in Dothan – Bible study, food, hygiene and clothes.
  • Free health care services for the homeless, women from the House of Ruth and men and women from Houston County Community Corrections. Doctors, nurses, dentists, podiatrists, pharmacists and other medical professionals volunteer their time to help the neediest in our community.
  • Outreaches such as our Dothan Bus Station Outreach where we provide prayer and a bagged meal the passengers and drivers can take with them.
  • Outreaches such as our Thanksgiving Day where we provide 300-plus meals to the homeless and needy.
  • Our newest outreach ministry is our mobile food kitchen. We are now able to go to the people and provide a fresh, hot meal for the homeless and for needy children and adults. This is the ministry in particular that the cooked butts from PorktoberQue help the most. 
  • Human trafficking awareness campaign and outreaches. Human trafficking happens in our hometown of Dothan, Alabama, and we bring awareness through sharing with local churches, youth groups, schools and civic clubs. We work with the Dothan Police Department, Houston County Sheriff Department and the FBI. We are bringing training to local law enforcement in January 2015. We do outreaches to local strip clubs to reach the women. That is often a big step into the human trafficking industry. We work with national organizations such as Truckers Against Trafficking. We also rescue women from the streets.

Besides helping Love in Action Ministries, PorktoberQue supports over a dozen other non-profits, two local school and several programs within the schools (Cross Country, JRROTC) and other civic groups and churches. PorktoberQue strives to help as many other organizations in the community as possible, since it is entirely funded and supported by the community.  Your attendance at PorktoberQue is more than just a great party- it helps hundreds …. maybe even thousands… of others in the Wiregrass!

Ultimate Air Dogs Return to PorktoberQue

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 25-26 for PorktoberQue.

 

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 2.59.48 PMUltimate Air Dogs, the premier dock jumping organization in the country, was started in Ultimate Air Dogs, the premier dock jumping organization in the country, was started in2005 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 25-26 thanks to the generosity and support of the Lucky Dog Sports Club of the Wiregrass and their sponsors who have made this event possible, including Jeffers Pet, Pet Supermarket, For Pet’s Sake, Dothan Animal Hospital, Hobo Pantry, The Ashford Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Grecu, In the Dog House Boarding, and the Bed and Biscuit.

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 25 and from 10-6 pm on Saturday September 26 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.

Reid Soria from Autism Sings to perform Friday Sept 25 at PorktoberQue

PorktoberQue is pleased to announce that Friday September 25 at 6pm, Reid Soria will perform on the main outside stage. Reid is an impressive young man who has a fantastic voice and an even more fantastic outlook on life.

Reid was born in November 1985 at Eglin AFB, FL. One year later his military family was relocated to Europe. While living in base housing (Nellingen Kaserne, near Mohrengin, Germany) Reid began to show signs of severe developmental regression.

At the age of three, Reid was diagnosed with autism and the prognosis the doctors gave his family was very grim. In fact, the only recommendation offered by  “the experts” was to quietly put him in an institution, as there was very little hope for any significant progress.  This option was very quickly rejected. There were not many resources available in those days, but his parents were determined to improve the chances for the quality of life for young Reid.

The years that followed were filled with great friends, sister Joanna, and many others encouraging  and working with Reid and his needs. School teachers and school psychologists were passionate in their efforts to help this young man progress.  The long journey was one filled with hope, faith, and perseverance and has brought Reid to the point where he is now, surpassing all expectations.  He graduated from Choctawhatchee High School, Fort Walton Beach, FL in June 2004.

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 8.50.04 AMAbout five years ago, it was discovered quite by accident that he had developed a talent for singing. Since then he has sung in musical productions from Pensacola to Tallahassee, and all the way down to Orlando at the Family Café Governor’s Summit and up into Alabama as well and is a frequent entertainer in many of our local community events. Along with providing entertainment for many private events, Reid has also participated in many fundraisers for the Autism Pensacola Inc. Connecting the Pieces annual gala, Building Homes for Heroes, the Autism Society of the Emerald Coast, Relays for Life and the annual United for a Good Cause (Inc.) Christmas Party for underprivileged children. Reid was invited to sing at the annual UCF CARD Conference in Orlando, January 2015. His performance in Orlando resulted in an invitation to sing at the UMN NSU CARD Tropical Nights Gala, InterContinetHotel Hotel, Miami in May 2015.

He is a favorite to perform the national anthem (a capella) at sporting events (Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Pensacola Ice Flyers, Birmingham Barons), as well as City, Veterans, and military events and retirements.  His singing was an integral factor in his selection to perform in the local fundraiser, “Dancing with Desire.”  He had the chance to share the stage with several dancers from the “Dancing with the Stars” show. Reid took dancing lessons at the local Fred Astaire Studios in preparation for his singing and dancing to the classic “Sway” in the style of Michael Buble’. His dancing lessons continue at Fred Astaire and he is  loving every minute of it.

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 8.47.57 AMReid released his debut album, “Imagine the Possibilities” in 2013, and he continues to pursue his career in singing and entertainment. He welcomes the opportunity to enlighten the general public that everyone has gifts and talents to share. We hope his life will serve to encourage those who hear him to imagine the possibilities for their own lives and pursue their dreams with courage and conviction.  Reid’s repertoire includes covers of songs recorded by Josh Groban, Michael Buble’, Owl City, along with other oldie, rock,  and easy listening selections. When words fail, Autism Sings!

Please contact us at his entertainment company, Autism Sings, LLC for a complete list of his songs, his engagement availability, and our price list at (850) 864-4539, (850) 865-7439 or at autismsings1985@yahoo.com.
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Polka Dots to Return to PorktoberQue

Our house band for the past three years, the Polka Dots, will again play both days of PorktoberQue. They keep the Festhaus going, and help make PorktoberQue an Oktoberfest with their polka music. We hope all of the “Dots” will be in town again this year, but there may be one or two additions to the group this year. PorktoberQue is September 25-26 at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan, Alabama.
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FREE Non-Profit Booth Spaces Now Available

Available to the first 12 Non-Profits who complete and return the form are a free 10×10′ space for PorktoberQue. You can use this space to raise money, have a drawing, sell products (no food to be cooked on site) or just get out there and let the Wiregrass know what your church, civic group, non-profit or organization is all about. Spaces are assigned on a first-pay basis, and will be the 12 spots from the main gate to the barbecue vendors area on the grassy area beside the old auditorium.

Please download the form below or call (334) 699-1475 for us to email or send you the form if you are having troubles getting it from the site!
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Mark your calendars for 2015

The 2015 PorktoberQue will be held on Friday September 25 and Saturday September 26 at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan, AL. Entry forms for teams and judges applications will soon be available here so please check back. PorktoberQue is Alabama’s Oktoberfest and sanctioned KCBS barbecue competition held the last weekend in October (the traditional weekend to celebrate Oktoberfest)