PorktoberQue is Finally Here!

Tonight PorktoberQue kicks off at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan, Alabama. The farm center is at 1701 E. Cottonwood Rd., and you can buy tickets at the door for just $3 (children 6 and under are free).  Or, you can get in free if you wear Lederhosen or a German outfit. Tonight’s festival is from 5pm- 10pm.

Tonight are the City Commissioners versus the County Commissioners hot wing eating contest (7pm), the corn hole practice rounds (all evening), Bavarian Obstacle course challenge, and of course, live music on two stages.

In the Festhaus (that’s the larger metal building that’s air-conditioned) is our Oktoberfest music and food, plus cold draft beer from Sam Adams Octoberfest. The Polka Dots of Dothan will play all night and there will be a dance floor. Don’t forget, if you buy a beer mug, you get refills for $2.25 each all weekend!

On the outside stage, there are two acts.  At 5:30 is Flip Robinson. He is a young man making his way in the world as a musician. His acoustic versions of songs have earned him a good following with young adults across the Wiregrass.

7:00 Kristan Mikala and the Paradox will play. They are a veritable powerhouse of a band based in Dothan, AL. Known for their engaging and creative interpretations of high-energy rock covers as well as fun, relatable originals, Kristan Mikala and the Paradox brings a party wherever they go. Formed and fronted by a dynamic, award-winning vocalist and songwriter, the band has been performing widely in the Southeast throughout 2014

See you at PorktoberQue tonight, rain or shine!
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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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Free Obstacle Course Challenge at PorktoberQue

This year at PorktoberQue, spectators will have the opportunity to be named the King of the Cave (and also the Queen of the Cave or the Kid of the Cave) thanks to Tuffy Automotive. Just outside the Tuffy Man Cave, there will be a Bavarian Obstacle Course Challenge to see who is the best in the Cave.

The Challenge will involve some running and simple Oktoberfest themed activities and is free to participate in. The times scored will be posted on the Man Cave white board, and nice trophies and prizes will be awarded at the end of the event.  To participate, go to the Tuffy Man Cave (under the large tents) at PorktoberQue and sign up to run the Challenge!

Below is the artists rendition of the beautiful acrylic “crowns” that will be the trophies for the winners. So, take some time while at PorktoberQue to take the Cave Challenge!
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Can We Make a Cop Cry? (Or Set the Fire Department Ablaze?)

The Dothan, Alabama Buffalo Wild Wings will be hosting their famous Blazin’ Wing Challenge Friday, September 27th at 7:00 pm at PorktoberQue inside the Mighty Auto Parts Man Cave. The two teams competing will be the Dothan Fire Department versus the Dothan Police Department and two lucky people in attendance will be called upon to help the teams win the battle. Think you have what it takes to be the “ringer” for one of the teams? Or, just want to watch our macho men of service cry over a plate of wings? Show up Friday 9/27 at PorktoberQue at 7:00 PM in the Man Cave to enjoy the Blazin’ Wing Challenge sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings. There’s no extra cost once you’re in the gate to experience the Man Cave or the Wing Challenge or watch mouths ablaze.

We would like to offer the winning team in the wing challenge a prize basket full of coupons for free food and merchandise from area businesses. We are asking local merchants to contribute something that would be nice for a Police Man or Fire Man (or woman!) to win. In return, we will list you on the Blazin’ Wing Challenge web page (http://porktoberque.com/activities/blazin-wing-challenge/ ) as a supporter and give you 4 free tickets to PorktoberQue so you can cheer on your favorite team.  Even though it’s two months away, we’re starting to gather the prizes now so we aren’t scrambling at the last minute. If you have something you’d like to donate as a prize, please call us at (334) 699-1475 or email us at queenofque@gmail.com

PorktoberQue is a sanctioned KCBS barbecue competition and Oktoberfest at the Houston County Farm Center and runs from September 27-28, 2013. Admission is just $2 per person per day, with proceeds benefiting the Regional Land/Water Rescue squad and all the work they do helping locate lost and missing residents of the tri-state area. Information for vendors, teams or interested parties can be found at www.PorktoberQue.com

Who Can Stand The Heat- DPD or DFD?

Who Can Stand The Heat- DPD or DFD?

Reptile Discovery Program Slated for PorktoberQue

Five Star Credit Union presents the Reptile Discovery Program by Bruce Shwedick. One performance Friday evening, and three shows on Saturday will give you plenty of chances to learn about a variety of reptiles (snakes, turtles, iguanas and crocodiles are some of the stars of the show) and there will be a “meet and greet” after each show so you can have your picture made with one of the reptiles!  (Show times to be posted in early September). Admission to the Reptile Discovery program is FREE. * We are still confirming this great show, and will let you know times etc. closer to the date. Should this program not be available due to scheduling conflicts or availability, we will provide a very similar educational program on animals or the environment.

Want to read more about reticulated pythons? Click on the python below to go to his page:

Many thanks to event sponsor Five Star Credit Union for their sponsorship of this free activity.

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Activities at PorktoberQue (SATURDAY)

There is so much to do at PorktoberQue, we thought we’d take a moment to review all the activities and entertainment for Saturday October 6th. Admission is FREE at this festival at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan, Alabama.

Saturday October 6th:

  • Gates open at 10:00 AM. There’s plenty to do all day long, until the gates close at 9:00 pm.
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE BBQ SAMPLING/ TASTING TENT OPEN ONLY FROM 3-4PM. Purchase a sample pack of pulled pork for $6 (between 10- 14 ozs of meat, 10-12 samples) at the Tasting Tent. 
  • Polka Music in the Yuengling BierGarten at 1:30, 3:00 and again at 7:00 pm
  • Visit with the ALABAMA GHOSTBUSTERS for free all day! Bring a camera!
  • Stop by the sponsors and business booths for FREE give aways, samples, drawings and activities!
  • Five Star Festhaus entertainment– 

    Karen Searcy – contemporary and Christian Noon in the Five Star Festhaus tent

    The Beans 1:00 pm  Five Star Festhaus tent

    Kimberly Graham Singers  2:00 pm Five Star Festhaus tent

    Audio Z– 4:00 pm Five Star Festhaus tent

    KCBS Barbecue Awards 5:00 pm Five Star Festhaus tent

    MudCat – Five Star Festhaus tent 6:00- 7:00 pm

    Southern Chain-Gang -Five Star Festhaus tent from 7:30-9:00 pm

  • KCBS Barbecue Awards 5:00 pm Five Star Festhaus tent
  • Melissa Trampler, Fire Dancer and Poi Artists will be spinning fire at 6:45, 7:45 and various other times throughout the evening near the Yuengling Biergarten
  • Free Craft Project 10 AM– until supplies run out at the  Girl Scouts of America Booth
  • Face Painting at the Love One Art Booth all day  (small fee)
  • NASCAR Racing at the Race Mania Promotions Booth all day  (small fee)
  • B&B Inflatables fun zone (purchase an armband and play all day)
  • Pony Rides (small fee)

Plus shopping with vendors, food and drinks will be available all day Saturday  October 6th.