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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Booking Music for the Outside Stage

As you should know, the inside stage is in the Biergarten and only features German-styled music, polkas and accordion music to keep you in the Oktoberfest spirit. But outside, we will have rock, contemporary music and even a little country to keep the crowd happy. Mark your calendar for Friday night September 26th from 7-9:30 and come out and see Kristan Mikala and the Paradox covering all your favorite songs. KMatP Banner IMG_20131222_195809_975edit IMG_20131222_210048_299

What’s on Tap for Tonight (9/27) at PorktoberQue?

Lots of great fun and activities at PorktoberQue tonight. Friday night the gates are open from 5pm-9pm and you can buy your ticket at the gate (it’s just $2 per person). Here’s what to expect (these are just the highlights— there’s too much to list, but explore the web site for more details!)

  • Air-Conditioned Biergarten open from 5-9. Features Sam Adams Oktoberfest Draft Beer (with optional souvenir beer steins for sale while they last), and polka music 6-7pm and 8-9pm. The Biergarten also has food and shopping and is open to ALL AGES. 21 and over to drink.
  • 7:00 pm in the Biergarten is the Reptile Discovery Program— bring a camera!
  •  6-8pm- Folklore Brewery beer sampling near the west end of the Man Cave
  •  7PM- Blazin’ Challenge- hot wing eating contest Dothan Police versus Dothan Fire departments- at or near Man Cave
  • Cornhole tournament practice 7pm on the asphalt outside the Man Cave
  • Boat, tractor and RV show opens at 5pm and runs through Saturday
  • Test drive or look at the new vehicles available from MIke Schmitz Automotive Group
  • Kids play for free on the Inflatables 5-8:30pm
  • Two concerts on the outside stage! Kristan Mikala at 5:15 and Random-Ax at 6:30
  • Melissa T twirls the fire poi after dark just past the Man Cave area
  • Free Putt Putt for kids and families in the middle of the festival area
  • Shopping with vendors both outside on the festival grounds and inside the Biergarten in the air-conditioning

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How Getting Your Face Painted can Save a Life

PorktoberQue is all about fun and games. We’ve got some great entertainment lined up, and terrific activities and food and drink for sale. But, once in a while there’s an underlying story to something, and we thought we’d let you know about one of the booths at PorktoberQue that’s really special.

Josh and Kimberly Graham will have a booth called ”  LoveOneArtStudio.com ” (also the name of their web site) at PorktoberQue where they will be painting faces and will have hand painted items for sale. They will also be providing entertainment throughout the day for the festival. What makes their story remarkable is why they are participating.

Kimberly tells their story best. Here it is in her own words, “Three years ago I went on a mission trip with my church and ICA (International Crisis Aid) to Ethiopia. It was amazing and God changed my heart about something while over there. He also placed a love for those people that is hard to explain.
When I came home I told my husband that I felt that God wanted us to adopt a child from there. He said, Ok but kind of brushed it off as me being emotional. The feeling continued to grow and so I started looking for an adoption agency. When he saw that I was serious we started praying and God lead us to American World Adoption.
Last year I went back to Ethiopia on another mission trip and it made my heart ache for the children even more. We are currently still in the paper chase stage and hope to be able to send are dossier soon, but the expense to just send it is a lot of money and we have done several fund raisers, but none have really done that well. We know that God will supply all that we need in His timing and sometimes that’s not fast enough for us. We are trusting Him and He will see us through.”

They are selflessly going to help a child half a world away by giving them a chance at a stable, loving family and the freedoms we enjoy here in America. All of the money they raise at PorktoberQue will help get an orphaned Ethiopian child a shot at a better life here in America. Please be generous as your heart sees fit and visit their booth during PorktoberQue.

A child’s life depends on it.