To be honest, the past 3 years we weren’t great fans of the circus. You see, they used to set up the Wednesday and Thursday right before PorktoberQue which meant that we couldn’t set up any of the tents, tables, chairs or other infrastructure of the event until Friday morning. Also, our teams coming to compete from out of state had to wait until the middle of the night at the earliest- Friday at the latest- to get set up.
But, something wonderful happened this year, and the circus switched their days to Tuesday and Wednesday this year. This means that our competition teams who want to get parked and situated on Thursday can do so at their leisure. Also, we have a little extra time to get the tents set up, the Ultimate Air Dogs pool filled with water, and the Man Cave ready to roll this year, too. So for once we can say, WE LOVE THE CIRCUS!
PorktoberQue is September 23-25, 2016 in Dothan, Alabama at the Houston County Farm Center. The event is pet friendly (must be on a leash) and kid- friendly (no leash required for them). For information on being a vendor, call 334-699-1475
PorktoberQue is Dothan’s Oktoberfest, held at the Houston County Farm Center the last weekend of September. This year it’s September 23-25 (three days long!) and features polka music, beer, ultimate air dogs dock diving competition, barbecue competition, steak cook off, bacon recipe competition, car show, vendors, food, outside stage, inside Festhaus, kids cook off and more.
Here is the map so far for the teams for PorktoberQue (The food vendors in that section are also shown; a couple are also competition teams.) If your team would like a specific spot and it hasn’t already been taken, let us know what spot you’d like either by calling us or by indicating the space number you’d like on your form. If you call or email is to let us know the spot you’d like, we’ll pencil it in, but spot assignment is pending payment. If someone shows up with money while we’re holding it, regrettably, you could loose your preferred spot. Spots that we are holding pending payment are generally indicated by an asterisk *.
PorktoberQue is a KCBS sanctioned bbq competition for professional barbecue teams, and it is held the last weekend of September, the traditional weekend for an Oktoberfest. For information, call 334-699-1475
We love PorktoberQue, and hope you do, too. We’ve gotten 100 tickets to give away in the 2 1/2 months between now and PorktoberQue, September 23-25, so we figured we’d better hurry up and start giving them away! This week, we are giving away 4 tickets. They are good for 4 people on either Friday or Saturday, or 2 people to come each Friday and Saturday… and here’s the bonus… save your ticket stubs from either day and you can get in free on Sunday! You can enter by clicking the link here:
Or visit Our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PorktoberQue/ and click on the GIVEAWAY tab. Also, if you would be so kind as to share this info with your friends we would appreciate it!
Happy 4th of July to all!
Today, Saturday, September 26th the gates to the Houston County Farm Center are open from 10am until 7pm! You can buy your tickets at the door- just $4 per person and people in lederhosen get in free! Kids 6 and under are also free. Well behaved pets on a leash also welcome. Many thanks to MIke Schmitz Automotive Group for their sponsorship and assistance in helping us put this event on.
There are lots of great events happening today, including:
KCBS Barbecue competition all morning and afternoon. Several teams and vendors will have barbecue for sale, too.
Kids Que pork chop grilling competition from 9:30-11. Awards at 1:55 on the stage.
Classic and antique car show -registration for classic cars from 8-11 and the show for spectators is from 10-3 with awards at 3:00
Pet A Pig- visit the pig petting booth near the barns and pet a pig for free, courtesy of Over the Top BBQ and the Miss BBQ Queens
People’s Choice tasting tent opens at 11:00 For a donation to the NHS Cross Country Program, sample all the barbecue you want and vote for the best!
Cornhole tournament at 3pm
The air-conditioned Fest Haus is open from 10 -7 tonight. Inside it will be live polka music, dancing, shopping with vendors and the Sam Adams Octoberfest-style beer. There are also food vendors in here including bratwursts and bavarian-style pretzels.
Boat and RV show open 10-6
The Reptile Discovery Program will have shows today at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:45 with meet and greets afterward inside the air-conditioned Fest Haus
The free bounce houses for kids will be open from 10-5
The Ultimate Air Dogs Dock Diving Competition will begin tonight at 10:00 and continue until it is over, approximately 5:30 pm
The Man Cave will have TV’s going all day, powered by DISH. The Man Cave is a great spot to sit, eat dinner and have a drink, too.
Polka music all day inside the Fest Haus
The outside stage has entertainment just about all day:
Karen Searcy (10:00)
Beverlye Magnet 8th grade show choir (10:45) Kristan Mikala (11:30)
84 West Band (12:30)
PRESENTATION OF THE KIDS QUE AWARDS 1:55 Sean Nelson (2:10)
Pure and Simple Bluegrass 3:30 until 5:30
ON Saturday, September 26 throughout the day you can come to the KMX booth (along the fence between the barbecue part of the festival and the car show) and play games for prizes. Best of all, it’s FREE to play! We’ll update the games as we get more details, but so far we have the following free games to play:
BOWL YOUR BUTT– from 10 am-noon Sponsored by Dairy Queen. Contestants (5 at a time) will try ot outscore their opponents in ONE FRAME where they will bowl over pig painted pins. The winners will win a prize, and it will be a lot of fun!
NUTS FOR BUTTS– from 12 noon until 2pm. Sponsored by Wiregrass Liquidators. PEANUT ROLLING GAME- contestants(5 at a time) will put on a pig snout and will roll a peanut from a start line to a finish line. The first one across wins a prize!
PAINT THE PIG- All day! Sponsored by the Red Barn. COLORING CONTEST- kids can come by the KMX tent and color a pig. An on-air personality will judge for the best. Winners will be announced at the start of the BBQ awards, on the main stage at 5:30 pm.
Don’t get your TAIL IN A KNOT- KNOT UNTYING GAME FROM 10AM- NOON– contestants (5 at a time will attempt to untie knots from the pig’s tail the first one done will win a prize. SPONSORED BY WET PETS
At PorktoberQue today, visit the Academy Sports + Outdoors booth and just for texting them, you can win a $250 gift certificate to their sporting goods store! This is for today only, so make sure you do it before the festival closes out this evening at 7:00.
Today, Friday September 25 at 5pm the gates to the Houston County Farm Center open at 5pm and PorktoberQue begins! You can buy your tickets at the door- just $4 per person and people in lederhosen get in free! Kids 6 and under are also free. Well behaved pets on a leash also welcome.
There are lots of great events happening tonight, including:
KCBS Barbecue competition and Baked bean and Bratwurst cooking competitions all evening and into tomorrow
Cornhole tournament practice rounds and registration all evening
The air-conditioned Fest Haus is open from 5-10 tonight. Inside it will be live polka music, dancing, shopping with vendors and the Sam Adams Octoberfest-style beer. There are also food vendors in here including bratwursts and bavarian-style pretzels.
Boat and RV show open 5-9
The Reptile Discovery Program will have one show tonight at 7pm inside the air-conditioned Fest Haus
The free bounce houses for kids will be open from 5-9
The Ultimate Air Dogs Dock Diving Competition will begin tonight at 5:00 and continue until it is dark
The Man Cave will have TV’s going all evening, powered by DISH. If your favorite station isn’t on, just ask the DISH reps to change the channel. There will be SEC football on the TV’s tomorrow. The Man Cave is a great spot to sit, eat dinner and have a drink, too.
The outside stage has two great acts tonight.Reid Soria from Autism Sings at 6pm
C4 Project Friday night from 7:30-9:30 pm on the main stage
PorktoberQue has more vendors this year than ever before! Here’s the list of places to eat, drink and shop this year, and also noted are those who are INSIDE the air-conditioned Fest Haus building (to the right of the main stage).
Sam Adams Oktoberfest Draft Beer Booth inside the Festhaus building
LNT Safe Haven- Get information about a safe place for victims of domestic violence.
CHARM Inc. (City of Headland Animal Rescue) – learn how you can help homeless pets in the Wiregrass.
Scentsy– Electric candles, scented wax, travel scents, and scented stuffed animals.
Navy Federal Credit Union– Learn how active duty, veterans, DoD and their families can benefit. Also free activity at this booth!
Jeffers Pet– learn about great and safe pet supplies near the Ultimate Air Dogs area
It Works– stop by and talk to Rhonda about wraps, nutrition and skin information
LeVel- learn about supplements and a healthier life!
Troy University Dothan Campus– Learn about world-class degrees you can earn right in Dothan!
NAMI WIregrass- Information on FREE educational classes and support groups for persons and families affected by mental illness – INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
Mary Kay- Stop by and visit with Jennifer for all your beauty and home needs.
Hernando Beef Jerky– Check out our assortment of beef jerky, INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
Fishing game– Take the little kids over to play the fishing game- prize every time! *fee charged
Blue Line Support Group- Enter to win a YETI cooler INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
Karen’s Creations- hand made jewelry from casual to fancy, something for every price range.INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
TOPS Dothan 0392 (Take off Pounds Sensibly) – Learn about a great weight loss support group and look at our raffle items!
Spectra care Health Systems– Information about services Spectra Care offers in the Wiregrass.
Middle Creek Custom Smokers– In the market for a new smoker or grill? How about some BBQ based home decor like paper towel holders shaped like a pig, or a piggy business card holder? Come on by and see our unique metal fabrications.
Greater Dothan Area Lions Club– learn about what this civic club does in our area, and also take a chance on a new set of tires with their drawing.
Usborne Books and More– Visit their space INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS and shop for children’s and educational books.
Simply Aroma– essential oils for use in daily home life to make your world a little better. Visit us INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
Re-Bath of the Southeast – Is your bathroom outdated or not what you want in a bathroom? Call Re-Bath and see how they can redo your bathroom for a fraction of the cost of replacing everything. INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
Sunni Rae’s Boutique– Check out this mobile boutique featuring cute clothing for fuller figured and plus sized gals. Shop INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS and enjoy the music while you shop.
Wiley Wok (The Wok Man)– A made to order wok for cooking cowboy style! Wiley McNeal has upcycled plow disc harrows from Henry County, AL. Learn a fun and easy way to cook outdoors! Free food samples!
Discount General RV- want to see how affordable and fun it is to own an RV or camper? Stop by and check out a few campers!
Forrest & Fields– Learn about properties for sale in Dothan, and what’s available for your family.
Chord Buddy- It’s easy and fast to learn to pay the guitar now! Chord Buddy can show you how.
KMX– Meet your favorite jocks and play games to win great prizes at the KMX booth space!
Wiregrass Seniors– Being older has its advantages! Check out the travel club and other great activities sponsored by Wiregrass Seniors!
DISH– want great TV anywhere? Try DISH and stop by their booth for specials only found at PorktoberQue!
Vector Security– Learn about different ways to protect your home and family INSIDE the Air-Conditionoed FESTHAUS
Boyd Marine– Special discounts and sales on end-of the season boats. But, here in Alabama, it’s never really the end of boating season, so save big and visit Boyds!
WTVY TV- Meet your favorite news personalities, test your reporter skills and interact with the green screen INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
Miche– Create a handbag that’s truly yours as you customize your interchangeable Miche purse and accessories.
Crafted by Edith– Hand made costume jewelry and accessories for ladies. INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
Crafty Old Army Woman– Hand made embroidery, hats, cushions, towels, baby boots and more, crafted but an old Army woman! INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
Race Mania- Want to race NASCAR-style remote control cars against your friends and the racetrack? This is the place! *fee charged
Kiddie Ride (Helicopters)– Since Ft. Rucker is the home of Army Aviation and the rotary winged aircraft, it seems appropriate that we have the mini version for small kids to enjoy! *fee charged
SEFA – Southeast Alabama Freethought Association- come by the SEFA booth for information and to visit with people.
Schute Pecan– Tasty treats, southern pecans, Dothan gifts, apparel and more. located INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
Bows and Such– Fun shopping for boys and girls with inflatable and light up toys, bows, accessories and small toys.
Neil the Teal Seal– Learn about the touching and inspiring story behind this new children’s book.
BLING– great selection of jewelry and hand made wreaths INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
Habitat for Humanity- learn how habitat is changing the face of our country and learn how you can help at their booth space INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
Wreaths and More– hand crafted wreaths and home decor, plus hand made craft items you’ll just want to see to appreciate!
Lu Lu’s Boutique– Cute and trendy clothing and accessories INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
Young Living and 31 Products– Essential Oils and creative storage solutions, located INSIDE the air-conditioned FestHaus!
Chattahoochee State Park– Want to learn more about a wonderful natural resource right in our back yards? Stop by, and talk to Kimberly! Free goody bags for the first 100 people.
Egyptian Comfort Sheets- New sheet sets, comforters, and other great domestic and household items.Inside the air-conditioned FestHaus!
Krazy Krafting Ladies & Lila Rose- Crochet items, tutu’s, jewelry, towel toppers, dishcloths, Lila Rose jewelry, jewelry for your hair.
Rock Candles-Unique candles made from actual rock!
SisiGal- Huge selection of imported goods, household items, sunglasses and purses… plus a lot more.
Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama– Lean what a valuable resource your daughters can participate in… scouting!
Greystone Church– Stop by and check out the cookbooks from the ladies of Greystone! There are bound to be some secret family recipes you’ll want to try.
Dollar Custom Creations– Custom T-shirts, Coozies and more! Inside the Air-Conditioned FestHaus!
Torn between spending the afternoon with your family at PorktoberQue and watching college football on TV? We’ve got the perfect solution! The Tri-State Truck Man Cave will be set up on the grassy area near the hog barn at the Farm Center. This large tent will feature several TVs showing football and tables and chairs so you can grab something to eat and drink, then sit and enjoy your favorite football game. Seating is limited but you can also bring a chair if you like.
There are lots of activities near the Man Cave as well, including the Continental Championship Wrestling Ring featuring local wrestling bouts throughout the weekend. Though there won’t be any big heavy hitters and it’s only a wrestling demo (no title matches) it will be entertaining and fun for all to see. Also near the Tri-State Truck Man Cave will be cooking demonstrations on the Wiley Wok (something you really need to see!), the Northview Cross Country Team People’s Choice Tasting Tent, the Corn Hole tournament and even the free KMX games area. The Man Cave is also just up the hill from the Saturday Classic Car Show.
DISH Network is powering the TV’s with their amazing satellites and we should be able to get the following games at PorktoberQue:
Alabama VS. University of Louisiana Monroe
Auburn versus Mississippi State
Plus, of course, there will be other other SEC and national games of interest. Also in the Tri-State Truck Man Cave will be some shopping opportunities for “manly” interests, including truck accessories, Yeti coolers, Komono Joe grills and smokers, and an assortment of other interesting items. Make sure you thank the folks at the Tri-State Truck Man Cave for sponsoring this part of PorktoberQue, because it’s one of the favorite areas of the event.
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