Thank you

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!

-Kerry

So many great beers!

We have 2 draft beer trucks this year at PorktoberQue selling 10 different beers on draft as well as numerous canned beers available.

Here’s some of the beers we have available this weekend at PorktoberQue

Folklore Oktoberfest 
Folklore Golden Hawk Kolsch
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest 2017
Hofbrau (Munich) Oktoberfest
Goat Island Oktoberfest
Goat Island Hefeweisen
Omaha Dunkle
Omaha 762 (imperial brown)
Omaha Gnat Knocker German Helles-style Lager
Props Brewery Oktoberfest

I might have missed one…. PLUS canned beer from Folklore Brewing & Meadery and Goat Island Brewing as well as Bud LIght and Michelob Ultra.

KJAMS concert Friday night at 7!

Music Music Music

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.

Backyard team map released

Due to some unknowns (namely how many teams would be competing) we couldn’t make up a backyard map until we were pretty certain that we had all the team entries in hand. With that being said, it looks like we have potentially 2 more spaces for backyard teams if you or someone you know is interested. The spaces are at least 11′ wide and some are as long as 30′ deep, based on what teams asked for. There are no RV plugs available in these sites. Bring 100′ or electrical cord and 100′ of hose to be safe.

Also note- these spaces numbers are just that and do not correspond to your people’s choice voting number. You will be assigned a separate people’s choice number for people to use when voting for your team.

 

BEER!

One of the biggest improvements to the 2017 PorktoberQue is the larger selection of beers available this year. Noting that local and regional craft beer sales are booming, plus having some legitimate imported German beers available, PorktoberQue has greatly expanded their beer offerings this year. There will even be two draft beer trucks (one inside the Festhaus Biergarten) and one outside near the food vendors) as well as cans available for sale.

Craft beer is significantly more expensive than commercially manufactured beers, because it is made in small batches using higher quality ingredients. For that reason, a 16 ounce cup of draft beer will be $6.75 at PorktoberQue, and 12 ounce cans of beer will be $5. PorktoberQue enthusiasts may want to take advantage of the souvenir beer stein available to the first 200 patrons beginning Friday night. The dated ceramic stein with the PorktoberQue logo is a whopping 20 ounces, and is available for $25 which includes your first draft beer. Refills in the ceramic stein, or any previous year’s PorktoberQue stein, are just $4.75, a savings of nearly 30%. So not only do you get a great souvenir stein, but you can save on beer purchases at the event and for years to come!

The draft beers that we have ordered for PorktoberQue include:

Folklore Brewing (Dothan, Alabama) Oktoberfest 

Folklore Brewing (Dothan, Alabama) Goldenhawk (kolsch)

Goat Island Brewing (Cullman, Alabama) Colonel Festbier (marzen)

Goat Island Brewing (Cullman, Alabama) Hippieweisen (hefeweizen)

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest – Brauhaus Miltenberger Collaboration (This is a very limited edition beer, only brewed for Oktoberfest and not to be brewed again. Each year, Sierra Nevada partners with a different German brewer to explore the roots of Germany’s famous Oktoberfest beers. This year, they’ve collaborating with Germany’s Brauhaus Miltenberger, whose approach to the classic style has been long admired. The result is a festival beer true to their style—deep golden in color with deceptively rich malt flavor and balanced by traditional German-grown whole-cone hops.)

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier- Straight from Munich, Germany 

Props Brewing (Fort Walton Beach, FL)- Oktoberfest Beer

 Omaha Brewery (Omaha, Georgia. Right across the river from Eufaula, Alabama)- Gnat Knocker (helles lager) and 762 (brown ale)

Additionally, in the 12 ounce cans, we anticipate having Folklore Brewery’s Grateful Red (red lager), Goat Island Brewery’s Richter’s PIls (pilsner) and for those not as big of fans of craft beer, there will be MIchelobe Ultra and Bud Light available. 

As inventory changes, there may be some additional beers available, and we hope to receive all we have ordered, though some substitutions are possible. We hope you’ll come and enjoy all the beers available at PorktoberQue this year!

World Food Championships Elite Qualifier #3 BACON

If your bacon is the bomb, enter this competition and you could be on your way to the World Food Championships in Orange Beach. One winner gets a “paid for” golden ticket into the opening round of the world’s largest food fight. Porktoberque is an elite qualifier for the World Food Championships!

Web site back up!

Thankfully we got the web site back up and working again! WHEW!  As teams sign up and judges registrations come in, we’re still actively seeking sponsors for all sponsorships! Call Kerry at 334-718-2416 or email kerry@themaineventweb.com if you would like information. Sponsorships start at $250 and include on-site event marketing opportunities as well as tickets and pre-event advertising! Sponsorship opportunities are only available for the next 60 days, and then pre-event advertising begins.