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
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!
PorktoberQue is Dothan’s Oktoberfest, held at the Houston County Farm Center the last weekend of September. This year it’s September 23-25 (three days long!) and features polka music, beer, ultimate air dogs dock diving competition, barbecue competition, steak cook off, bacon recipe competition, car show, vendors, food, outside stage, inside Festhaus, kids cook off and more.
The Tuffy Automotive “High Steaks” Cooking Challenge will be held Friday September 23 in conjunction with PorktoberQue. Contestants will turn in one whole steak, garnished and presented as fancy as they like, and also a minimum of 5 bite-sized portions of the steak for the judges to taste. The whole entry will be scored on appearance (1/3rd of the score) and photographed, as the event is an elite qualifier for the 2016 World Food Championships Steak competition.
Steaks may be cooked in any fashion, and any cut of meat is allowed to be used. Steaks must be cooked on site, and contestants will be given a spot (if they do not already have a site from entering the barbecue cook off). Entry fee is $25 and the winner received a paid-for GOLDEN TICKET ($300 value) to compete in the World Food Championships, as well as a $250 hotel gift card (most likely Marriott or Hilton, TBD) so they can stay in Orange Beach to compete at the finals of the World Food Championships in November.
To have an entry form mailed to you, call 334-699-1475 or click the form below to print it at home.
After a great experience partnering with the World Food Championships during our other event, Tri-State BBQ Festival, we called and asked if PorktoberQue could be a qualifier for an ancillary contest this year. We are still waiting on official confirmation as to the categories, but it looks really good that we can get in a couple of categories for the event.
Don’t know what the World Food Championships are? Here’s their Sizzle Reel from last year, though this year they will be competing in Orange Beach, Alabama, November 9-14.