Exciting New Format for Competition Cook Teams in 2017

We are very pleased to have a dual sanctioned competition for our barbecue cook teams in 2017. The Friday-Saturday portion will be KCBS sanctioned and the Saturday-Sunday portion will be FBA sanctioned. We will also have a KCBS backyard competition on Saturday (back yard teams don’t have to cook brisket) and each of the two competitions will have $10,000 in prize money (total of $20,000 for the weekend). There will be at least one ancillary on Friday night, possibly an additional one on Saturday night if there’s interest. Space will be limited, and pro teams paying for both competitions get first pick on the “good” spots. You may also just enter one of the contests if you prefer. We are also members of the Alabama BBQ Association, too, and points will be awarded for both pro and backyard teams who are ABA members.

The paper entry forms are getting drawn up right now. If you prefer to pay with a credit card online, you can use the link/box below. Eventbrite charges a fee to process credit cards, so it will be a little less if you pay with a check. More details coming soon!

What’s Going on Today at PorktoberQue

Free admission until 11AM, or come back free with your Friday or Saturday ticket stub. Otherwise, $5 per person, children 12 and under free. Prayer service at 11, Ultimate Air Dogs diving finals, polka music throughout the day inside, Reptile Discovery program at 10:30 and 2:30 inside the air-conditioning, gospel music from 1-5 on the outside stage. Beer sales will begin at 1pm as per Alabama state law. Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 10.46.05 AM

What’s Happening TODAY at PorktoberQue?

PorktoberQue gates open today, Saturday September 24 at 10am at the Houston County Farm Center located at 1701 E. Cottonwood Road in Dothan. You can pay at the gate, and it is $5 per person per day, with children 12 and under FREE!  Well-behaved pets on a leash are welcome as well.  TODAY IS THE EVAN BARBER & the DEAD GAMBLERS concert at 3:30 pm. Do not miss it! fullsizerender

The KIDS QUE kicks off today’s activities, The Ultimate Air Dogs are jumping, the beer will be cold, and there’s dozens of food and merchandise vendors on site. The Man Cave is open and the TV’s will have the SEC football games on them, the Corn Hole tournament kicks off today after lunch, and the BBQ Queens are selling whole butts and racks of ribs to go.  40 of the best competition BBQ teams will be competing today for $8,000.00 in prize money and awards. The Reptile Discovery Program is in the FestHaus and there’s live polka music ALL DAY LONG too!  Gates open from 10 AM- 6pm!

Here’s the entertainment schedule:
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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

*insider tip* there is almost NEVER a line and usually good parking outside of the large metal building we call the Fest Haus (it faces Publix and the Circle). You can walk in the back door of the building and buy your ticket and be right in the middle of the polka fun and avoid the lines! This is like it used to be in the “old” p’nut festival days.

Why are the Food Competitions at PorktoberQue a Big Deal?

We have a record number of competitors at PorktoberQue this year competing in the barbecue, steak and bacon categories. Each of these three competitions is a qualifier for the World Food Championships, and the barbecue competition is also a qualifier for the American Royal, Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown, and also a qualifying draw for the 2017 Jack Daniels Invitational.

This means that our winners from PorktoberQue can advance to much larger competitions and compete for bigger prize pools. They can advance to nationally televised competitions, and compete on a world stage with legendary cooks as part of their reward.

For example, the World Food Championships, a televised cooking competition on the Destination America station, feature over $300,000.00 in prize money. Our winners in bacon, steak and barbecue will receive a paid-for Golden Ticket because PorktoberQue is an elite qualifier. To learn more about the World Food Championships, visit www.worldfoodchampionships.com 

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Does Your Dog Jump?

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 23-25 for PorktoberQue.

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.

If you’d like to register your dog, click here- http://www.ultimateairdogs.com/event-info/2016/Dothan.php and you can sign up. If you’re not sure if your dog would like to try jumping, you can bring your dog out to PorktoberQue and they can try a few practice jumps. Just talk to the Air Dogs people on site and maybe you and your dog will have a new hobby!

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