2017 PorktoberQue to now offer FREE BBQ samples on Saturday

One of the best things about visiting a barbecue competition is sampling the different types of smoked meats. In PorktoberQue’s past, we’ve taken the meats form the teams and placed them in a central location (tasting tent) for spectators to sample. We then staffed the tent with volunteers to help dish up the BBQ, and collect the votes. This was previously a fundraiser for local youth athletics, but the past year it wasn’t supported well and we decided to do away with the tasting tent. 

This year spectators will go from team site to team site and sample barbecue from 2-4pm on Saturday September 30th. By eliminating the cost of the tent, tasting cups and volunteers, we have now been able to make this event at PorktoberQue FREE for spectators to enjoy. Plus, this year voting will be done at the team sites via BAMTEXT, a technology driven text-to vote system. All you need is a cell phone to cast your vote for your favorite barbecue.

PorktoberQue will be at the Houston County Farm Center September 29-October 1. Friday night will feature polka music in the Festhaus, German-style craft beer, concerts on the outside stage and lots of shopping with vendors and food trucks. Saturday we will see a car show, more polka music in the Festhaus, music on the outside stage all day long, kids entertainment, cooking competitions and more shipping and opportunities to eat wonderful food. Sunday there’s a non-denominational church service at 11, children’s entertainment, barbecue competition and polka music. Times and schedule online at porktoberque.com

Tickets are $5 per person per day (children 12 and under are free) or you can buy a weekend armband good all three days in advance for just $7. Advance armbands are only available through September 15 and can be purchased at The Thirsty Pig in downtown Dothan. Interested vendors may call 334-699-1475 for placement and avability information.

Car Show on Saturday September 26 at PorktoberQue

Love the classic cars? Then don’t miss the classic and antique car show at PorktoberQue! (Bikes and tucks welcome to attend as well!) There will be awards in over a dozen categories, and all of the money raised goes to scholarships for students in the auto mechanics and auto body trades. Click on over to http://porktoberque.com/car-show/ to see the categories, and if you have a classic car, bring it on out to PorktoberQue Saturday September 26th at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan, AL !

Saturday PorktoberQue Activities

PorktoberQue is open today from 10-6 and there’s a lot to see and do! The Ultimate Air Dogs are jumping all day, the car show is from 10-3, the barbecue competition is until 5:30 pm and there is live music on 2 stages! You can buy your tickets at the door- just $3 per person and children 6 and under are free. It’s also free for well-behaved pets on a leash and for people wearing Lederhosen or a dirndl.

The Cornhole Tournament is today at 3pm and the TV’s will be going in the Man Cave all day. The pet parade is at 11 and Ultimate Air Dogs jumping is all day. The NHS vs DHS hot wing eating contest is at 2pm today.

In the Festhaus on the Biergarten Stage you will hear The Polka Dots of Dothan and later in the day, Beatrice Fulghum playing polka music for your enjoyment. The Reptile Discovery program is also on that stage, and the free Polka Dancing lessons are at 12:30 in the Festhaus.

Outside we have great music lined up. Here’s the list and a little about the bands:

10:00- Karen Searcy- Karen has a wonderful voice that she loves to share with her community and others. Whether at a festival, church or in the shower, she’s always singing! Though she finds her peace and joy in singing Christian music and church songs, she is equally at home singing contemporary and classic songs.

?11-12- RPM- Parts of this band were formerly known as the MudCats (among a few other things). This band has put together some of the finest musicians in the Tri-State Area, and will rock your face off. They have a combined gazillion years of experience and have one of the best sounds in the area.

12: 15 -1pm Halie Long is an acoustic singer songwriter who loves performing in front of energetic crowds. Her wonderful and soulful sound lends itself making cover songs her own, while entertaining the crowd. 

1:25-2:20 Sweet Honey Hospitality- Sweet Honey Hospitality is an acoustic singer/songwriter band. This high energy string band is brought to you by the letter “M” from Mason, Maggie, Mike, and Malinda. Sweet Honey Hospitality pays homage to Americana, Bluegrass, and Classic Country. You can hear them cover songs from Gangsta Rap to Bluegrass as well as originals. Sweet Honey Hospitality plays the music that speaks to their souls all while just having a good ole time.

2:30- Kids Que Awards on the Main Stage (Not sure if Academy bringing in someone to MC- maybe JB can be on standby to mc the awards?

3- 3:45 Raquel Lily- Raquel Lily was born in the Philippines, raised in New York, studied in Florida and Michigan, graduated in California, and currently living in Alabama; her eclectic background mirrors her unique pursuit to music.lily

Fred Mohns grew up in Birmingham and played guitar, bass and sang in various music groups.  After graduating from UA, he moved to California to better develop his musical talents. After recording a number of his own projects at Weston House Recording, he began to assist the studio with various promotional projects,  including the one that brought in the singing talents of Raquel Lily.  They quickly began work on many other musical projects  together. After returning to Birmingham with Raquel in 2013, Fred has worked full time producing, engineering, mastering her work.

Coleton Phillips joined the duo in 2014 as a percussionist. He developed his talents while playing for multiple Big Band/Jazz groups.  Over the last few years, Coleton further expanded his musical prowess playing in piano rock/ pop groups in Nashville. He has since moved back to the Birmingham area, devoting his time to playing shows and recording with Raquel Lily.

4:15- 5:30 Play for Funsies- Better known as a children’s music group, Play For Funsies is used to entertaining fans of all ages.  P4F will bring out the inner child in you.  Listening to Play For Funsies will make all of your wildest dreams come true….sort of.  They will be bringing the island beat with a twist and playing ska covers from bands like Save Ferris, Let’s Go Bowling, and Reel Big Fish.  If you are a child of the 90’s you may be familiar with some of their tunes, but either way Play For Funsies will make you want to get out of your seat and dance. funsies

BBQ Awards on Main Stage at 5:30 hosted by State Representative Paul Lee.

PorktoberQue Car Show to Offer Top 50 Awards

The New South Cruisers will again feature their large car show on the midway Saturday, September 27, 2014. If you have a classic car, it is $20 to register, and you can use the special Prevatt Road gate to access the car show. Registration is from 9-11, and judging begins at 11. There will be awards for the top 50 given out at 3:00 pm. All registered cars receive 2 free admission tickets to the barbecue festivities. For more information, call Steve at (334) 702-1224 or Ken at (334) 794-6689 or (334) 589-0548.Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 8.34.00 AM

New South Cruisers Car Show sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union

Are you into classic and antique cars? Do you like to look at nostalgia from yesteryear? Or do you have a unique auto that you’d like to show off? Then Saturday September 28th at PorktoberQue is right up your alley! Don’t miss the New South Cruisers Car Show that is scheduled to take place in between the Mighty Auto Parts Man Cave and the Indoor Biergarten.

The car show is sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union, and plaques will be awarded to the top 50 entries. (This is an open show, with no assigned classes to the cars.) The car show registration is from 9-11 and judging will be shortly after 11. Awards will be presented at 3pm, so the best time for spectators to view the cars is from noon until 3pm.

For more information on the car show visit http://porktoberque.com/activities/car-show/  or call Steve Reed at 334-702-1224
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