Absolutely Alabama TV Show to film at PorktoberQue

One of Alabama’s most fun and informative shows, Absolutely Alabama, is coming to Dothan for PorktoberQue to film a segment about our wonderful and crazy Oktoberfest! Fred Hunter, host and creator of the show, will be here to share with the rest of Alabama the story of PorktoberQue. We think he will film mostly on Friday, so wear your best lederhosen and plan to attend! Who knows- he may even interview some folks in the crowd. In Dothan, Watch Absolutely Alabama with Fred Hunter every Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. on FOX34 (WDFX).

You can see past episodes and learn more at their site, http://www.absolutelyalabama.com

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Great Deals on Boats at PorktoberQue

Looking for a great end of season deal on a boat? Look no further than PorktoberQue! If you live in the South, you know that September is no where near the end of the boating season. But the boat manufacturers discount boats in the fall, and Boyd’s Marine is bringing a half dozen boats out to PorktoberQue for you to look at. They will have special deals available only at PorktoberQue, and same staff on hand to answer any questions you might have about the boats in a fun and relaxed setting. Look for them near the wrestling ring and Man Cave!

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Forrest and Fields to Sponsor Wurst Cook

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Seriously, isn’t the name of this contest reason enough to enter? Wurst cook is a bratwurst cooking competition at PorktoberQue.

You don’t have to be a professional competition barbecue team to take part in some of the cooking competitions at PorktoberQue. We have two Friday night cooking competitions that welcome anyone of any age or skill level to participate. One is a baked bean competition (beancontest.com) and this competition, Wurst Cook. A wurst is a type of German sausage. The most commonly known wurst are bratwurst and knockwurst in the United States.

Each contestant will receive the wurst to be included in the entry. They may prepare it any way they like, and can add or combine any ingredients or garnishes with the wurst.

Each contestant must be present at the team meeting at 4:30 at the Farm Center to receive their wurst (type to be determined the day of the contest). Contestants will also receive a specially marked box to turn in their creation in at precisely 7:30 to the same building.

Winners will be presented cash and prizes on Saturday at 5:30 on the main stage.

Plus  there’s the great prizes you can win, if you recipe/dish/creation is chosen as one of the top 5. But really, it’s about the fun of competition and the great value you get when you enter.

When you pre-register you will receive 4 admission tickets to PorktoberQue. (this is a $16 value alone!) You will get to attend the team meeting, receive the bratwurst or other wurst used in the competition, and will be given a spot to set up your grill or dutch oven to compete on Friday night. You turn in your entry at 7:30 (precisely) and awards are given on Saturday. You can use 2 tickets on Friday night and 2 on Saturday if you like! Winner need not be present at awards- they can pick up any prizes the Monday after the event at the office located at 257 South Saint Andrews Street in Dothan, AL.

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Wurst Cook will be judged by certified KCBS judges, table captains and master judges. These folks know what they’re doing, and will fairly score all the entries. 


Pure and Simple Bluegrass to Headline PorktoberQue 9/26

PorktoberQue is pleased to have one of the best bluegrass bands in the area headlining the Saturday of the festival this year. Pure and Simple Bluegrass will perform just before the barbecue awards from 3:30-5:30 (the awards are at 5:30) and will energize and entertain the crowds.

Pure & Simple Bluegrass Has been entertaining the masses for 15 years. They do music from many genres of music from Bluegrass to 70’s classic rock, with a sprinkle of comedy and magic thrown in. the members are, Steve Kirkland- Bass, Vocals, Travis Perry- Guitar, Dobro,Vocals, Mike Hutto- Guitar,vocals, Ronnie Rutherford- Mandolin, comedy, and Greg Wigham-Banjo.

Pure and Simple Bluegrass will be performing thanks to the generosity of our sponsor, Chord Buddy. The Chord Buddy is a teaching system for learning how to play the guitar, and it was a successful product that was snapped up by a “shark” on the show, Shark Tank. The Chord Buddy is successful, because as soon as the ChordBuddy is properly attached to your acoustic or electric guitar, you will be able to make music. Within a few weeks, you’ll begin removing some of the tabs and making the chords on your own. In two months, you’ll be able to play the guitar with no ChordBuddy at all! This makes it the fastest and easiest way to learn to play guitar, and there should be some Chord Buddies at PorktoberQue if you are interested in trying one out.

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PorktoberQue to Help Feed Homeless and Needy

The Kansas City Barbeque Society is pleased to announce the 100KCBS Meals Mission to help feed the homeless and hungry throughout America with 100,000 BBQ Meals this year. By working with and mobilizing BBQ lovers across the country, from volunteers and attendees to teams at sanctioned events, KCBS will be purchasing Boston pork butts for participating teams at select events to assist in the collection of food in order to make this charitable effort possible. PorktoberQue, in Dothan, Alabama is again participating in this noble mission.

Nearly 15 percent of all US households, roughly 49 million people, struggle to put food on the table. More than 1 in 5 children in the United States live below the poverty line. Though Love in Action Ministries, PorktoberQue will be able to provide hundreds of meals by donating freshly cooked Boston Butts to local residents in need. The cook teams participating in PorktoberQue will be cooking an extra butt for Love in Action to distribute.

Who exactly are the folks at Love In Action International Ministries?

Mission Statement: To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through acts of compassion and making disciples in accordance to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ found in Matthew 28:18-20.

How do they accomplish their mission?

  • In Dothan, Alabama:
  • Provide needs for the homeless – Bible study, food, showers, laundry services, hygiene, clothes.
  • Providing needs for the most needy in Dothan – Bible study, food, hygiene and clothes.
  • Free health care services for the homeless, women from the House of Ruth and men and women from Houston County Community Corrections. Doctors, nurses, dentists, podiatrists, pharmacists and other medical professionals volunteer their time to help the neediest in our community.
  • Outreaches such as our Dothan Bus Station Outreach where we provide prayer and a bagged meal the passengers and drivers can take with them.
  • Outreaches such as our Thanksgiving Day where we provide 300-plus meals to the homeless and needy.
  • Our newest outreach ministry is our mobile food kitchen. We are now able to go to the people and provide a fresh, hot meal for the homeless and for needy children and adults. This is the ministry in particular that the cooked butts from PorktoberQue help the most. 
  • Human trafficking awareness campaign and outreaches. Human trafficking happens in our hometown of Dothan, Alabama, and we bring awareness through sharing with local churches, youth groups, schools and civic clubs. We work with the Dothan Police Department, Houston County Sheriff Department and the FBI. We are bringing training to local law enforcement in January 2015. We do outreaches to local strip clubs to reach the women. That is often a big step into the human trafficking industry. We work with national organizations such as Truckers Against Trafficking. We also rescue women from the streets.

Besides helping Love in Action Ministries, PorktoberQue supports over a dozen other non-profits, two local school and several programs within the schools (Cross Country, JRROTC) and other civic groups and churches. PorktoberQue strives to help as many other organizations in the community as possible, since it is entirely funded and supported by the community.  Your attendance at PorktoberQue is more than just a great party- it helps hundreds …. maybe even thousands… of others in the Wiregrass!

Ultimate Air Dogs Return to PorktoberQue

Ever seen a dog fly? The Ultimate Air Dogs make it a regular habit to fly, leap and sail to new heights and unimaginable distances. If you’ve never seen these dogs and their humans interacting and competing in the Ultimate Air Dog Challenge, you are in luck because they are coming to Dothan September 25-26 for PorktoberQue.


Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 2.59.48 PMUltimate Air Dogs, the premier dock jumping organization in the country, was started in Ultimate Air Dogs, the premier dock jumping organization in the country, was started in2005 by former Detroit Tigers pitcher Milt Wilcox and his son Brian. Milt was best know for winning the 3rd game of the 1984 World Series, and comes to the events as emcee and main announcer. His charismatic personality is entertainment in itself, but the real attraction is the dock diving.

Dogs are divided up into divisions according to the distance they can jump. Dogs can be any breed or mix and any size as long as they can swim. A handler will throw the toy into the pool and the dog runs and jumps to catch it. Distance is measured and awards are given. Ultimate Air Dogs has become popular because of the down to earth attitude, the grass-roots background and the ability to make every competitor feel welcome.

Ultimate Air Dogs are going to have a competition at PorktoberQue in Dothan on September 25-26 thanks to the generosity and support of the Lucky Dog Sports Club of the Wiregrass and their sponsors who have made this event possible, including Jeffers Pet, Pet Supermarket, For Pet’s Sake, Dothan Animal Hospital, Hobo Pantry, The Ashford Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Grecu, In the Dog House Boarding, and the Bed and Biscuit.

Every dog is welcome to sign up for the competition or practice which will introduce your dog to dock jumping, and can do so by registering online at the Ultimate Air Dogs webpage or on site the day of the competition.

It is free to watch the Ultimate Air Dogs dock diving competition, and there will be some seating available near their pool. Spectators may want to bring a lawn chair to ensure they have a seat, though many prefer to stand to see all the activity. The Ultimate Air Dogs competition will be held parallel to the cattle barn at the Houston County Farm Center, near the East entrance to the German-themed Biergarten. PorktoberQue runs from 5-10 pm on Friday September 25 and from 10-6 pm on Saturday September 26 and is an Oktoberfest celebration and barbecue competition that is fun for the whole family. To learn more about the festival visit www.PorktoberQue.com or call (334) 699-1475.