What’s Going on Today? (SATURDAY)

The gates are open from 10-6 today and we’ve got a full day of activities scheduled! Inside, we have The Polka Dots playing from 11-4 and craft beer all day long from 2 beer trucks.  The car show is from 10-3 on the lower level of the Farm Center.  We have FREE BBQ samples from 2-4 pm- just walk from team to team to sample barbecue and vote for your favorite! There’s also free beer samples form Omaha Brewing while they last.


On the outside stage, 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 Kendall will perform some smooth jazz on his sax.  Dave Dale and the Salt Water Cowboys will perform at 3:30pm and 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.

Beer Tasting (Free with paid admission)

Friday and Saturday at PorktoberQue, we are bringing in brewers to give away free samples of their craft beers to our guests 21+.

Friday night we will have Props Brewing, a veteran owned and operated microbrewery from Fort Walton Beach, sampling two of their beers. They plan on bringing their fall Pumpkin Ale and also their German-style Hefeweisen to sample to guests for free, plus the Biergarten will have their Oktoberfest Beer on sale by the pint or stein. Whatever beer is left over from the Friday night sampling will also be sampled on Saturday as well. We plan on the Friday night sampling to be done near the stage at the event, and Saturday it will be inside the Festhaus by the Biergarten area most likely.

Saturday for most of the day we will also have Omaha Brewing Company from Omaha, Georgia on site to sample two of their favorite fall beers. They will be brining their Munich Helles lager, Gnat Knocker and their fall seasonal imperial brown ale, 762. The tasting notes on both of those beers are below.  You can also buy these beers by the pint or stein at one of the two biergarten areas at the festival.

PorktoberQue is at the Houston County Farm Center September 29-October 1st. For times and more info check the web site or call 334-699-1475

What’s Happening TODAY at PorktoberQue

Lots of great activities TODAY at PorktoberQue!

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!
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  • 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 pmScreen Shot 2015-06-01 at 9.28.41 AM
  • 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)
Sean Nelson (2:10) 300x300-1







Pure and Simple Bluegrass  3:30 until 5:30pure and simple flag

  • Awards 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 PETSwet pets

PorktoberQue Begins TODAY

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 eveningUnknown
  • 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 darkScreen Shot 2015-06-01 at 9.28.41 AM
  • 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
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  • C4 Project Friday night from 7:30-9:30 pm on the main stageC4 Project Promo Photo

Air-Conditioned Fest Haus offers Food, Drink, Music, Vendors and Even… Reptiles!

Don’t miss the Air-Conditioned Fest Haus at PorktoberQue. You will find all the polka music and dancing there, as well as the draft Oktoberfest-style beers, shopping with vendors and even a couple of  restaurants. steinsUnknown




Featured foods in the Fest Haus include the bratwursts at Jakes’ bar and grill, bavarian style hot pretzels at Grandma’s Pretzels, and Cuban sandwiches at Willie’s Puerto Rican restaurant. There will be numerous tables and chairs set up near the dance floor and polka stage for diners to enjoy a break off their feet while listening to great music. Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 8.58.53 AMimg002a




In between the polka shows, the Reptile Discovery Program will give kids of all ages the opportunity to learn about, see and touch reptiles. The Fest Haus is located to the right of the main stage in the large metal building.

There are also dozens of vendors where you can shop, learn about organizations in town, and even register to win prizes. Call 334-699-1475 for additional information.

What exactly is Oktoberfest?

The Origin of the Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest began on October 12, 1810 with the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig, who later became King Ludwig I. His marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen was celebrated in Bavaria. On October 17, five days after the marriage, a large fest was held in front of the Sendlinger Tor, one of the gates leading to Munich.  Included in the festivities were horse races that became an Oktoberfest custom lasting until 1938.  In 1811 an agricultural fair was added and by 1818 beer pubs were included along with performers. It became a great tourist attraction and a way for visitors to learn about Bavaria and its people.

Today, Munich Oktoberfests are held in September because the weather is milder than that experienced in October. In Munich, the fest lasts for 16 days, beginning on a Saturday in September and always ending on the first Sunday in October. In Dothan, Alabama, PorktoberQue (Dothan’s Oktoberfest) is scheduled for the last weekend in September, or September 25-26, 2015.

In 1887 lederhosen and dirndls became the traditional garb of the attendees.  The fest in Munich traditionally begins with a parade, starting just before noon.  Included are the mayor and other civic leaders, followed by horse-drawn brewer’s carts, bands, and townspeople wearing their costumes. The parade ends at the oldest private tent at Oktoberfest, the Schottenhammel tent where the mayor opens the first keg of beer and the toasting begins.  More than 7,000,000 people attend the opening ceremonies in Germany. In Dothan, typically 6,000- 8,000 attend the festivities. Anyone who comes to PorktoberQue in lederhosen or a dirndl gets in FREE! Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 8.58.53 AM

Munich’s six major brewers of the Oktoberfest Maerzen beer may be found in the seven halls where there is live music throughout the day and evening.  The six major Munich brewers are: Hacker-Pschorr, Lowenbrau, Spaten, Hofbrauhaus, Augustiner, and Paulaner.  Oktoberfest beer was an amber-gold lager with 6 percent alcohol.  German hops such as Hallertau and Tettnang are added. This Maerzen beer was served at the Crown Prince’s wedding in 1810.  Then Maerzen beers were brewed in March, lagered or cold-stored in caves for 10-12 weeks, and ready to drink by the late summer or early fall.  Today, Oktoberfest beers tend to be lighter in color and body than the traditional Maerzen style. PorktoberQue’s official Oktoberfest style beer is Sam Adams’ Octoberfest.

In Germany, wursts of beef, chicken, veal, or pork, slices of beef, pieces of chicken, sauerkraut, potato salad, cabbage, onions, and of course, pretzels are among the foods enjoyed with a stein or two of one’s favorite beer. At PorktoberQue, we currently only have one bratwurst vendor (inside the large metal building, or Fest Haus) and one hot pretzel vendor also in that building where the polka music and draft beers are also housed.

PorktoberQue Begins Tomorrow!

Don’t forget, rain or shine PorktoberQue is this weekend! It begins tomorrow at 5pm at the Houston County Farm Center and we hope to see you there. You can look through this site and have most of your questions answered. If you hover your mouse on many of the categories above in the tool bar, there will be a drop down menu with lots of choices and information. Explore the site and find out what’s going on tomorrow at PorktoberQue. You can buy your tickets at the door- just $3 for adults and children 6 and under free. flyer-8.5inx14in-h-front

Pet Parade This Saturday!

Don’t forget about the Pet Parade scheduled for this Saturday, September 27 at PorktoberQue!

Who doesn’t love a good pet parade? The cute costumes, the furry little faces, and the joy that the crowd feels are all the elements of a good pet parade, and we hope to bring all of that to PorktoberQue this year. CHARM (City of Headland Animal Rescue Mission) will be hosting the pet parade and invite all animals to participate. The rules are simple: Your dog should be friendly to other dogs, your dog must be on a shirt leash (no retractable leashes) and you must bring a baggie to pick up any waste your dog leaves behind.

Registration for the “PorktoberQue Polka, Pigs, Pints and Pups Pet Parade” begins Saturday September 27th outside the main gate. CHARM will have a table set up for registration from 10:00 until 10:30 AM. At this time the workers will line up the pets and get ready for the 11:00 pet parade throughout the PorktoberQue fairgrounds. The registration fee, payable the day of the event, is $10 and provides for two admission tickets for the humans as well as the pet. 100% of the registration fee raised goes to CHARM and their work in helping find forever homes to animals in need.

 Although costumes are not required, feel free to dress yourself and/or your pet up in an Oktoberfest themed costume, or one representing fall or your favorite holiday. This is going to be a fun event we hope to grow each year. For more information on the Pet Parade, call CHARM at (334) 693-9097 or visit www.PorktoberQue.com

Here is the registration form you can fill out in advance and bring with you to the event! Microsoft Word - Porktoberque Registration.docx

Just a Few Spaces Left

PorktoberQue is filling up! We’ve been out of food vendor spaces now for over a month, and are out of competition BBQ team spaces. As of the moment, we have a couple of spaces left for students interested in participating in the Kids Que, we have a few spots left for teams interested in competing in the Corn Hole tournament, and we have a couple of vendors spaces left (mostly outside) if you are interested in promoting your business or selling your wares.

Please don’t wait any longer if you are interested in these spaces! PorktoberQue is at the end of NEXT WEEK and we are just about out of time, so get your forms in now! Call us at (334) 699-1475 if you would like to sign up via the phone and pay with a credit card.