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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Evan Barber & the Dead Gamblers

Don’t miss the concert Saturday at 3:30 on the main outside stage at PorktoberQue, featuring Georgia native Evan Barber and his band, the Dead Gamblers. You will love their fresh Americana sound, combined with a country twang and southern roots!  Take a listen to them here: http://www.evanbarber.com or read what critics have to say about them in the article below. Admission is $5 per person, and the concert is free with your paid admission. Also on Saturday, The Polka Dots play on the inside stage, the car show is from 10-3, the Reptile Discovery program is several times throughout the day, and football on the tvs in the Man Cave. PorktoberQue is at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan, Ala. Visit www.PorktoberQue.com or call 334-699-1475 for information.

 

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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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Helping the Community

One aspect of PorktoberQue that we don’t brag about (it’s kind of bad form to brag on yourself, right?) is the charitable aspect of our festival. Thousands of dollars raised go to benefit civic and youth programs in the community. We also offer free space to numerous non-profits, churches and groups who are fund raising to support their charities.

Some of the many groups who will benefit from PorktoberQue this year are as follows:

  • Northview High School JR ROTC program (you’ll see them parking cars)
  • VFW (https://www.vfw.org/Community/Buddy-Poppy/)
  • Taylor Mason Lodge- They are taking tickets at the gate
  • Northview High Girls Soccer teams- running the cornhole tournament
  • Blue Line Support Group- support services for Police
  • Chattachoochee State Park
  • Northview HS Boys and Girls Cross Country teams- running the People’s Choice tasting tent Saturday from 12-2. 100% of the money raised supports these teams and the cost of participating in local and regional meets
  • AUSA Rampage Basketball- basketball club focusing on the development of young men and athleticism
  • Ashford Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Southern Charmers pet rescue
  • Rosewood Congregation
  • HIPPY (programs for lower income youth to get them school-ready)
  • ASL- sign language programs in Dothan
  • Wiregrass Blues Society-keeping the blues alive in south Alabama
  • CHARM – Pet rescue group from Headland

Additionally, the Car Show raises thousands of dollars through registration fees and awards that as a scholarship to the Automotive Technology program at Wallace College. Literally, hundreds of kids and dozens of groups are supported through your attendance at PorktoberQue! Your $5 admission ticket plays a vital role in this effort. Thanks for supporting PorktoberQue!

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Entertainment Schedule for PorktoberQue

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 11.12.52 AMAlso, 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
Mike Turner….  Award Wining State Male Traditional Country
Summer Waters…….Award Wining State  Youth Female New Country
Ryan Waters……….Award Wining State  Male New Country
Also, we have several gospel and praise bands lined up on Sunday, September 25th. We’ll get that list updated soon, but it includes
  • New Freedom Praise Band
  • Glory Revealed
  • Headland Female Gospel Chorus
  • Allison & Tabitha     Award wining state and national  New Gospel Duo of the Year
  • Avery Griffith          New Gospel Artists
  • Mike Turner           Gospel Artist
  • Albert Waters       Gospel Artist
  • Summer Waters   Youth New Gospel

Ultimate Air Dogs (Dock Diving Competition) Registration Now OPEN

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.

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Prayer & Praise Scheduled for Sunday of PorktoberQue

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!

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