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
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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)

Saturday PorktoberQue Activities

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.lily

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. funsies

BBQ Awards on Main Stage at 5:30 hosted by State Representative Paul Lee.

PorktoberQue is Finally Here!

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

See you at PorktoberQue tonight, rain or shine!
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PorktoberQue Begins Tomorrow!

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. flyer-8.5inx14in-h-front

Don’t Miss The Reptile Discovery Program this Weekend!

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!
1493199_686360761404124_1058456290_n169063_186014121438793_7305936_nThe 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 . 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, in which he currently serves as chair of the Tomistoma Task Force . In addition to providing education programs ands exhibits, Bruce also operates Crocodile Conservation Services, 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.

His son Graham has begun assisting Bruce with his summer programs and his daughter Aubrey is developing her own program focusing on Tarantulas. reptile


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Fresh-made, Hot & Tasty Pork Skins

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!

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