One aspect of PorktoberQue that we don’t brag about (it’s kind of bad form to brag on yourself, right?) is the charitable aspect of our festival. Thousands of dollars raised go to benefit civic and youth programs in the community. We also offer free space to numerous non-profits, churches and groups who are fund raising to support their charities.
Some of the many groups who will benefit from PorktoberQue this year are as follows:
- Northview High School JR ROTC program (you’ll see them parking cars)
- VFW (https://www.vfw.org/Community/Buddy-Poppy/)
- Taylor Mason Lodge- They are taking tickets at the gate
- Northview High Girls Soccer teams- running the cornhole tournament
- Blue Line Support Group- support services for Police
- Chattachoochee State Park
- Northview HS Boys and Girls Cross Country teams- running the People’s Choice tasting tent Saturday from 12-2. 100% of the money raised supports these teams and the cost of participating in local and regional meets
- AUSA Rampage Basketball- basketball club focusing on the development of young men and athleticism
- Ashford Area Chamber of Commerce
- Southern Charmers pet rescue
- Rosewood Congregation
- HIPPY (programs for lower income youth to get them school-ready)
- ASL- sign language programs in Dothan
- Wiregrass Blues Society-keeping the blues alive in south Alabama
- CHARM – Pet rescue group from Headland
Additionally, the Car Show raises thousands of dollars through registration fees and awards that as a scholarship to the Automotive Technology program at Wallace College. Literally, hundreds of kids and dozens of groups are supported through your attendance at PorktoberQue! Your $5 admission ticket plays a vital role in this effort. Thanks for supporting PorktoberQue!
We’re thrilled with this year’s T-shirts! Designed by TGICreative, these shirts will be available while supplies last at PorktoberQue at the beer stations. S-XL shirts are $12 each and XXL and XXXL shirts are $14 each. They look super sharp, and the colors just pop off the shirt! 3-Deep Screen printing in Midland City printed them for us and did a fantastic job. The front and back are shown, below.
If you want to get your shirt early and wear it to PorktoberQue, you can come by The Main Event M-F from 9-4 and we should be able to take care of you. Call us first, since some days we are out of the office getting ready for PorktoberQue! 334-699-1475
Also, you may notice the “TBA” that is Saturday on the outside stage at noon. The Alabama Music Association is filling that slot with a bunch of artists who will each perform on or two songs. The list is as follows:
Kyle Brigham.……Award wining State(Alabama Music Association) and National(North America Country Music Association International) Male/Traditional Country Artist
Vikki Latner.……..Award wining State(Alabama Music Association) and National (North America Country Music Association International) Female /Traditional Country Artist
Jimmy Harris…..Award Wining state(AMA) & National(NACMAI) male Traditional Country Artist 50+
Nori Hendrix………Award Wining State Female Traditional Country Artist
Tucker Wilson….. Award Wining State Youth Male Traditional Country Artist
Deanna Johnson….. Award Wining State and National Youth Female New Country ARtist
Avery Griffith…… Award Wining State Youth Female New Country Artist
Mike Turner…. Award Wining State Male Traditional Country
Summer Waters…….Award Wining State Youth Female New Country
Ryan Waters……….Award Wining State Male New Country
Also, we have several gospel and praise bands lined up on Sunday, September 25th. We’ll get that list updated soon, but it includes
- New Freedom Praise Band
- Glory Revealed
- Headland Female Gospel Chorus
- Allison & Tabitha Award wining state and national New Gospel Duo of the Year
- Avery Griffith New Gospel Artists
- Mike Turner Gospel Artist
- Albert Waters Gospel Artist
- Summer Waters Youth New Gospel
One of the crowd favorites at PorktoberQue is watching the Ultimate Air Dogs run, jump and splash throughout the weekend. The event, three days long this year, will feature the FINALS of the Air Dogs on Sunday, with practice and competition on Friday and Saturday. Now, you can register your dog to participate by visiting http://www.ultimateairdogs.com/event-info/2016/Dothan.php
PorktoberQue is a pet-friendly event. All well-behaved pets on a leash or in a carrier are welcome. Behind the barns (toward Prevatt) there is a large area for doggie-bathroom breaks. If your pet poops inside the fairgrounds area, please pick it up! Because food is being served in the Festhaus, pets are not allowed inside, unless specifically a service animal.
PorktoberQue is pleased to be able to give back and give thanks for all that we have been blessed with by holding a prayer and praise service on Sunday morning of PorktoberQue. The event will be about an hour long, beginning at 11:00. There will be free admission for ALL coming out to PorktoberQue before the service starts at 11! So bring your church, youth group and friends and bring a chair September 25th to PorktoberQue. There will be 4 preachers/ ministers from area churches each speaking for 7-9 minutes. We hope their uplifting message will uplift and soothe your soul. There will be music before the service by the New Freedom Church band (approximately 10:15- 11:00), and during the service Glory Revealed will play contemporary Christian songs.
After the service, we have several local choirs, gospel groups, and Christian musicians performing throughout the day. We will also have the finals of the Dock Diving dogs competition, the Polka bar and Reptile discovery programs will be on the inside stage from 11:30-5pm. The Man Cave will have NFL football on the TV’s, and most of the food vendors will be on hand to serve up your favorite foods. Come for the prayer and fellowship, and stay for the festival!
To be honest, the past 3 years we weren’t great fans of the circus. You see, they used to set up the Wednesday and Thursday right before PorktoberQue which meant that we couldn’t set up any of the tents, tables, chairs or other infrastructure of the event until Friday morning. Also, our teams coming to compete from out of state had to wait until the middle of the night at the earliest- Friday at the latest- to get set up.
But, something wonderful happened this year, and the circus switched their days to Tuesday and Wednesday this year. This means that our competition teams who want to get parked and situated on Thursday can do so at their leisure. Also, we have a little extra time to get the tents set up, the Ultimate Air Dogs pool filled with water, and the Man Cave ready to roll this year, too. So for once we can say, WE LOVE THE CIRCUS!
PorktoberQue is September 23-25, 2016 in Dothan, Alabama at the Houston County Farm Center. The event is pet friendly (must be on a leash) and kid- friendly (no leash required for them). For information on being a vendor, call 334-699-1475
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Winner gets 4 tickets good either Friday or Saturday AND Sunday, too! Good Luck!
A big thank you and welcome to our title sponsor for PorktoberQue, Pepsi. Actually it’s Buffalo Rock who is the sponsor, but you know them as Pepsi, or one of their may other great brands. (Plus, the Pepsi PorktoberQue sounds a lot better than the Buffalo Rock PorktoberQue). All vendors serving drinks at PorktoberQue will be asked to sell only Pepsi brands, as a thank you to our sponsor. Please make sure you stay hydrated and drink lots of Pepsi products at PorktoberQue, and stay tuned fro some big announcements from Pepsi and Buffalo Rock!
Make sure you attend the Pepsi PorktoberQue September 23-25, 2016 at the Houston County Farm Center. There’s fun activities, music and events for the whole family! The complete schedule of events for all three days will be posted soon, but save the date for now!
Every year, PorktoberQue has a differently designed mug or beer stein for sale in the Fest Haus by the Biergarten. This year, we went with an Oktoberfest-style dimpled half liter glass stein with a combination of the dated festival logo and the Sam Adams Oktoberfest logo on the front. Steins will be $12 each including your first draft beer. Draft refills in your souvenir mug will be discounted (only on draft in the FestHaus) and you can pick from any of the draft beers we have (not just the sponsor beer, Sam Adams Oktoberfest.) The beer steins are very limited (only 200 will be sold) so make sure you get yours early, as we expect to sell out again quickly! Last year, we sold out of steins in just under 2 hours. A photo of the beer mug we will have this year is below. We filled it up with beer and tested it out to make sure it works! (it does!) Prost! (cheers)
If you’ve ever shopped in the store for seasoning, if you’ve ever had barbecue in the south, or if you follow the Food network, you’re sure to have heard of Bad Byron’s Butt Rub. One of the most-used pork seasonings in America for the past 19 years (we couldn’t find an updated logo, that’s why we used the “celebrating 12 years” logo above), Butt Rub barbecue seasoning coined the catchy slogan, “A little Butt Rub makes everything better” back in 1997.
Founder Byron Chism created Butt Rub in 1997 after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America. To market his product, he began competing in KCBS sanctioned barbecue competitions, and was one of the top 10 cooks in the KCBS for 7 consecutive years (2000-2007). By this time, Butt Rub had developed a name for itself, and Byron competed in fewer competitions so he could manage and run his growing, successful and wold-wide Butt Rub company.
However, Byron occasionally will come to a great contest and compete just for old times sake and to prove his culinary chops are still sharp. He’s chosen to come to PorktoberQue in Dothan, Alabama this year to participate int he KCBS sanctioned competition at the Houston County Farm Center. The event, September 23-24, features master smokers competing for $7,900.00 in prize money and the chance to advance to bigger world-wide competitions. You might be able to talk to Byron at the event and learn more about his story if you attend PorktoberQue (but please don’t bother the competitors between 11-2 on Saturday when they are busy getting ready for turn-ins). We wish the ButtRub.com competition team well, and hope you enjoy PorktoberQue!