What’s going on TODAY ?

PorktoberQue kicks off today at 5pm. The competition cook teams will be done setting up, and the Biergarten will be officially opened at 5. The Polka Dots will play from 6-10 with breaks in between sets. The Biergarten has 10 different German-style beers on draft, plus we will have canned beer too. Steins for sale to the first 125 people, and T-shirsts are inside as well.

Outside, there will be live music on the outside stage from 5:30-10pm.

 Outside, Alice Nelson will begin entertaining at 5:30 and is followed by Otha Allen  at 6pm. Then, local legegends, the KJAMS will play from 7-10.

There’s lots of great music to listen to! Bring a chair if you want a seat near the stage. Admission at the gate is $5 per person, children 12 and under are free!

 

High Tech Voting

The People’s Choice competition sponsored by Five Star Credit Union has gone high tech this year, thanks to BAMTEXT. Now, spectators to PorktoberQue will vote for their favorite team’s barbecue by texting the team’s assigned number to a local databank. Sampling barbecue is FREE this year and included in your $5 admission ticket, and takes place between 2-4 on September 30th.

The results are tallied and posted in real time and when the People’s Choice competition is over, everyone will know the winning team’s number at the same time.  Only one vote per cell phone is permitted. You can follow the voting results on Saturday, September 30 by clicking here : https://a1.bamtext.com/voting/porktoberque

Here’s what the voting will look like (team numbers assigned on Friday night).

 

Music Music Music

Besides polka music inside the Festhaus, we have entertainment lined up on the outside stage every day at PorktoberQue. Here’s some of the highlights:

Friday night (September 29) the KJAMS are playing a concert at 7pm. You can bring a lawn chair or blanket, but no coolers are allowed in the gates either day. The KJams are Dothan’s premier party band and have entertained crowds across the southeast for decades. Tickets just $5 per person per day at the gate. Pets on a leash welcome! Kids 12 and under are free. 

 

Saturday, the music will start just at 11:00 with Michael and Julia followed by Low Emission Vehicle at noon. The Kids Que Awards will be on the main stage at 1:30 and Kendall’s smooth Groove will play, then Dave Dale and the Salt Water Cowboys will perform at 3:30pm. You will love their laid back style and fun tunes! Of course, all the music on Saturday, as well as BBQ samples, the polka stage, car show and vendors are all included in your $5 daily ticket.

KJAMS Concert

Friday night (September 29) the KJAMS are playing a concert at 7pm. You can bring a lawn chair or blanket, but no coolers are allowed in the gates either day. The KJams are Dothan’s premier party band and have entertained crowds across the southeast for decades. Tickets just $5 per person per day at the gate. Gates open at 5pm and there will be music at 5:30 by Alice Nelson and at 6:00 from Otha Allen before the KJAMS take the stage. Don’t miss their Dothan performance this year!

 

Backyard team map released

Due to some unknowns (namely how many teams would be competing) we couldn’t make up a backyard map until we were pretty certain that we had all the team entries in hand. With that being said, it looks like we have potentially 2 more spaces for backyard teams if you or someone you know is interested. The spaces are at least 11′ wide and some are as long as 30′ deep, based on what teams asked for. There are no RV plugs available in these sites. Bring 100′ or electrical cord and 100′ of hose to be safe.

Also note- these spaces numbers are just that and do not correspond to your people’s choice voting number. You will be assigned a separate people’s choice number for people to use when voting for your team.

 

Sunday- Prayer, Polka & more

Many people have asked what will be happening Sunday at the Houston County Farm Center. Here are the highlights- the Florida Barbecue association will be having their barbecue competition from 10am through 2:30pm with awards on the main stage at approximately 3:30 pm. Meanwhile, at noon we will have an interfaith service on the main stage featuring Raymond Ramsey. Come enjoy his uplifting words of inspiration, accompanied by music from music minister Matt at noon.

Following that, we have worship and praise music, gospel and more until the awards ceremony. Plus, inside we have the Festhaus with polka music from 12:30-2:30 and beer sales from 1-4. Many beers will be half priced during this time! Plus, there will be shopping with vendors, great food and the man cave with TV’s showing NFL games from noon-4.

Friday (September 29) Entertainment Details

On Friday, September 29 we have a full night of entertainment at PorktoberQue ! The gates open at 5pm, and you can bring a lawn chair so you can have a seat for the outdoor concerts. Outside, Alice Nelson will begin entertaining at 5:30 and is followed by Otha Allen  at 5pm. Then, local legegends, the KJAMS will play from 7-10.

There’s lots of great music to listen to!

Inside, the Polka Dots of Dothan will take the stage around 5:30 and perform polka music all evening for your Oktoberfest enjoyment.

Saturday Entertainment- Featured Bands

Saturday, the music will start just at 11:00 with Michael and Julia followed by Low Emission Vehicle at noon. The Kids Que Awards will be on the main stage at 1:30 and then Dave Dale and the Salt Water Cowboys will perform at 3:30pm. You will love their laid back style and fun tunes! Of course, all the music on Saturday, as well as BBQ samples, the polka stage, car show and vendors are all included in your $5 daily ticket.  Check our Facebook page frequently for ticket giveaways, or you can buy a weekend armband at The Thirsty Pig (downtown) for just $7 through September 15th.

Dave Dale and the Salt Water Cowboys

BEER!

One of the biggest improvements to the 2017 PorktoberQue is the larger selection of beers available this year. Noting that local and regional craft beer sales are booming, plus having some legitimate imported German beers available, PorktoberQue has greatly expanded their beer offerings this year. There will even be two draft beer trucks (one inside the Festhaus Biergarten) and one outside near the food vendors) as well as cans available for sale.

Craft beer is significantly more expensive than commercially manufactured beers, because it is made in small batches using higher quality ingredients. For that reason, a 16 ounce cup of draft beer will be $6.75 at PorktoberQue, and 12 ounce cans of beer will be $5. PorktoberQue enthusiasts may want to take advantage of the souvenir beer stein available to the first 200 patrons beginning Friday night. The dated ceramic stein with the PorktoberQue logo is a whopping 20 ounces, and is available for $25 which includes your first draft beer. Refills in the ceramic stein, or any previous year’s PorktoberQue stein, are just $4.75, a savings of nearly 30%. So not only do you get a great souvenir stein, but you can save on beer purchases at the event and for years to come!

The draft beers that we have ordered for PorktoberQue include:

Folklore Brewing (Dothan, Alabama) Oktoberfest 

Folklore Brewing (Dothan, Alabama) Goldenhawk (kolsch)

Goat Island Brewing (Cullman, Alabama) Colonel Festbier (marzen)

Goat Island Brewing (Cullman, Alabama) Hippieweisen (hefeweizen)

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest – Brauhaus Miltenberger Collaboration (This is a very limited edition beer, only brewed for Oktoberfest and not to be brewed again. Each year, Sierra Nevada partners with a different German brewer to explore the roots of Germany’s famous Oktoberfest beers. This year, they’ve collaborating with Germany’s Brauhaus Miltenberger, whose approach to the classic style has been long admired. The result is a festival beer true to their style—deep golden in color with deceptively rich malt flavor and balanced by traditional German-grown whole-cone hops.)

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier- Straight from Munich, Germany 

Props Brewing (Fort Walton Beach, FL)- Oktoberfest Beer

 Omaha Brewery (Omaha, Georgia. Right across the river from Eufaula, Alabama)- Gnat Knocker (helles lager) and 762 (brown ale)

Additionally, in the 12 ounce cans, we anticipate having Folklore Brewery’s Grateful Red (red lager), Goat Island Brewery’s Richter’s PIls (pilsner) and for those not as big of fans of craft beer, there will be MIchelobe Ultra and Bud Light available. 

As inventory changes, there may be some additional beers available, and we hope to receive all we have ordered, though some substitutions are possible. We hope you’ll come and enjoy all the beers available at PorktoberQue this year!