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.

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 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.

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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Pet Parade This Saturday!

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

Here is the registration form you can fill out in advance and bring with you to the event! Microsoft Word - Porktoberque Registration.docx

You Could Win Free Prizes This Weekend!

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! NFCU_PMS540

 

 

 

 

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! Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 2.55.42 PM

PorktoberQue a Mosquito-Free Zone

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!
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Clash of the Coaches at PorktoberQue

We received word that both NHS and DHS coaching staff will participate in the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin’ Hot Wings Challenge at PorktoberQue. The “wing off” will take place at 2pm Saturday September 27 near the Man Cave tent and will feature 5 team members eating 60 wings. All wings must be consumed for the winner to be declared. Come cheer on your favorite coaching staff!

Cornhole Tournament Winners Receive Additional Prize

Originally, we thought the Cornhole tournament winners would just receive a trophy and bragging rights. However, due to the generosity of Yates Hobby Shop in Bonifay, FL the winning team will also receive a set of boards for their victory!
Check out Yates here on their Facebook page and make sure you tell them “thanks” for their kindness!
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Free Earrings for helping the Food Bank!

It’s touching to see someone who cares passionately about a cause, and we’re thrilled to tell you about one of our vendors who is helping make a difference.

Karen’s Creations will be offering free earrings from her booth for all who bring $5 worth of canned food for the Wiregrass Area Food Bank to PorktoberQue on September 27-28. Her booth will be located inside the large commercial building, where the indoors Biergarten will be located, across from the restrooms.

Here’s a message I received from her about this promotion.
“Since the Food Bank is running so low these days, let’s use PorktoberQue as a way for folks to donate to the cause and I will give those who donate a free pair of earrings at my booth that day. Along with youth from my church, I will have an extra table set up to receive donations for the Food Bank and anyone that brings at least $5 worth of food gets a free pair of earrings at my booth. Last year, at the 2012 PorktoberQue, we raised over $100. in cash donations and over 40 lbs. of food donated. Which translates into 928 meals donated to people in need in our community! How awesome! Let’s try to double that figure this year.”

We think it’s an AWESOME idea and encourage everyone to take advantage of the offer! Heck, let’s make Karen work her little fingers to the bone making earrings to give to the thousands of people who might support this! Look for her booth inside the Biergarten area and bring lots of canned food for the Food Bank! (The Biergarten is an inside music venue with vendors and drinks for sale. It’s completely family friendly in that children are welcome !)