Kerry is an avid BBQ fan. From certified judge, promoter and backyard smoker, she loves anything to do with barbecue! Her passion is promoting two BBQ festivals in the Dothan area each year. Tri-State BBQ Festival the 2nd weekend in April, and PorktoberQue - this year on October 5-6. In her "spare" time she runs The Main Event, an event planning and marketing company in Dothan, Alabama.
To everyone who supported PorktoberQue, thank you very much. Thank you to our sponsors, spectators, vendors and all who attended. I wish the crowd had been bigger, and that it hadn’t rained on Sunday, but that’s how it goes sometimes. We advertised the stew out of the event, but the public didn’t respond as positively as we had hoped. Events have a season it seems, and competition barbecue in Dothan may have run it’s course.
I’m not sure where the rumor started that I “cheated” some teams out of money, but I didn’t knowingly short anyone any money. There was some confusion on Saturday with some KCBS (pro) teams getting the wrong checks but this was due to a scoring glitch and it was resolved prior to anyone leaving the fairgrounds. If you were a competition team and received the incorrect check, please let me know ASAP.
Due to the combination of low attendance and being accused of cheating folks out of money and the stress and headaches of those accusations, I’ve decided not to put PorktoberQue on again. At least not in the form we have had it (Oktoberfest and BBQ competition). We might consider just an Oktoberfest at the Farm Center next year, but it’s not a “for sure”… just a thought.
To the wonderful KCBS and FBA teams, reps, and judges who I have come to know and love over the past decade, thank you for your participation and friendship. I hope to see you again soon, and wish you the best!
The gates are open from 10-6 today and we’ve got a full day of activities scheduled! Inside, we have The Polka Dots playing from 11-4 and craft beer all day long from 2 beer trucks. The car show is from 10-3 on the lower level of the Farm Center. We have FREE BBQ samples from 2-4 pm- just walk from team to team to sample barbecue and vote for your favorite! There’s also free beer samples form Omaha Brewing while they last.
On the outside stage, the music will start just at 11:00 with Michael and Julia followed by Low Emission Vehicle at noon. The Kids Que Awards will be on the main stage at 1:30 and then Kendall will perform some smooth jazz on his sax. Dave Dale and the Salt Water Cowboys will perform at 3:30pm and you will love their laid back style and fun tunes! Of course, all the music on Saturday, as well as BBQ samples, the polka stage, car show and vendors are all included in your $5 daily ticket.
PorktoberQue kicks off today at 5pm. The competition cook teams will be done setting up, and the Biergarten will be officially opened at 5. The Polka Dots will play from 6-10 with breaks in between sets. The Biergarten has 10 different German-style beers on draft, plus we will have canned beer too. Steins for sale to the first 125 people, and T-shirsts are inside as well.
Outside, there will be live music on the outside stage from 5:30-10pm.
Outside, Alice Nelson will begin entertaining at 5:30 and is followed by Otha Allen at 6pm. Then, local legegends, the KJAMS will play from 7-10.
There’s lots of great music to listen to! Bring a chair if you want a seat near the stage. Admission at the gate is $5 per person, children 12 and under are free!
Don’t miss Keni, tenor saxophonist, this Saturday on the main stage at 1:45 Entertainment Saturday begins at 10 with the Car Show, music starts at 11, and free BBQ samples from 2-4. BBQ awards at 5:30. Polka music inside, beer everywhere!
We just received word that Myron Mixon and the Jack’s Old South team will be coming to PorktoberQue this weekend to compete. Stop by his cook team site and get a photo with “The Winningest Man In Barbecue” Saturday and Sunday!
The People’s Choice competition sponsored by Five Star Credit Union has gone high tech this year, thanks to BAMTEXT. Now, spectators to PorktoberQue will vote for their favorite team’s barbecue by texting the team’s assigned number to a local databank. Sampling barbecue is FREE this year and included in your $5 admission ticket, and takes place between 2-4 on September 30th.
The results are tallied and posted in real time and when the People’s Choice competition is over, everyone will know the winning team’s number at the same time. Only one vote per cell phone is permitted. You can follow the voting results on Saturday, September 30 by clicking here : https://a1.bamtext.com/voting/porktoberque
Here’s what the voting will look like (team numbers assigned on Friday night).
Besides polka music inside the Festhaus, we have entertainment lined up on the outside stage every day at PorktoberQue. Here’s some of the highlights:
Friday night (September 29) the KJAMS are playing a concert at 7pm. You can bring a lawn chair or blanket, but no coolers are allowed in the gates either day. The KJams are Dothan’s premier party band and have entertained crowds across the southeast for decades. Tickets just $5 per person per day at the gate. Pets on a leash welcome! Kids 12 and under are free.
Saturday, the music will start just at 11:00 with Michael and Julia followed by Low Emission Vehicle at noon. The Kids Que Awards will be on the main stage at 1:30 and Kendall’s smooth Groove will play, then Dave Dale and the Salt Water Cowboys will perform at 3:30pm. You will love their laid back style and fun tunes! Of course, all the music on Saturday, as well as BBQ samples, the polka stage, car show and vendors are all included in your $5 daily ticket.
Friday night (September 29) the KJAMS are playing a concert at 7pm. You can bring a lawn chair or blanket, but no coolers are allowed in the gates either day. The KJams are Dothan’s premier party band and have entertained crowds across the southeast for decades. Tickets just $5 per person per day at the gate. Gates open at 5pm and there will be music at 5:30 by Alice Nelson and at 6:00 from Otha Allen before the KJAMS take the stage. Don’t miss their Dothan performance this year!