The Beer Mugs Are IN!

Every year, PorktoberQue has a differently designed mug or beer stein for sale in the Fest Haus by the Biergarten. This year, we went with an Oktoberfest-style dimpled half liter glass stein with a combination of the dated festival logo and the Sam Adams Oktoberfest logo on the front.  Steins will be $12 each including your first draft beer. Draft refills in your souvenir mug will be discounted  (only on draft in the FestHaus) and you can pick from any of the draft beers we have (not just the sponsor beer, Sam Adams Oktoberfest.) The beer  steins are very limited (only 200 will be sold) so make sure you get yours early, as we expect to sell out again quickly! Last year, we sold out of steins in just under 2 hours. A photo of the beer mug we will have this year is below. We filled it up with beer and tested it out to make sure it works! (it does!) Prost! (cheers)

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Giving Away More Tickets

We’ve given away 12 tickets to PorktoberQue already through our weekly drawings. PorktoberQue is Dothan’s Oktoberfest, September 23-25, 2016 at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan, Alabama. Congratulations to last week’s winner, Damien B. who got 4 general admission tickets to PorktoberQue. Here’s the link to the new drawing:
click here to enter

Or you can enter through our Facebook page here:

Or you can use this mobile link :

So many ways to enter! Good luck!
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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







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  • 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

Welcome to our newest sponsor, KMX

We’re pleased to have radio powerhouse KMX 1067 WKMX LOGOon board as one of our stage sponsors for PorktoberQue! Not only are they going to help us in promoting the event September 25-26 at the Farm Center, but they plan on brining a number of fun and free games to PorktoberQue for the whole family to play and win prizes!

Some of the fun games you can look for (details coming soon) include the fun revival of BUTT BOWLING, Flying Piggies (kids corn hole game, Nuts and Butts, Pin the tail on the Piggie and many more creative and fun activities to enjoy! The games may change a little as details are being worked out and tweaked, but we’re thrilled to include KMX as a sponsor at PorktoberQue and hope you’ll visit their booth along the fence (near the car show) at the event!


PorktoberQue to Help Feed Homeless and Needy

The Kansas City Barbeque Society is pleased to announce the 100KCBS Meals Mission to help feed the homeless and hungry throughout America with 100,000 BBQ Meals this year. By working with and mobilizing BBQ lovers across the country, from volunteers and attendees to teams at sanctioned events, KCBS will be purchasing Boston pork butts for participating teams at select events to assist in the collection of food in order to make this charitable effort possible. PorktoberQue, in Dothan, Alabama is again participating in this noble mission.

Nearly 15 percent of all US households, roughly 49 million people, struggle to put food on the table. More than 1 in 5 children in the United States live below the poverty line. Though Love in Action Ministries, PorktoberQue will be able to provide hundreds of meals by donating freshly cooked Boston Butts to local residents in need. The cook teams participating in PorktoberQue will be cooking an extra butt for Love in Action to distribute.

Who exactly are the folks at Love In Action International Ministries?

Mission Statement: To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through acts of compassion and making disciples in accordance to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ found in Matthew 28:18-20.

How do they accomplish their mission?

  • In Dothan, Alabama:
  • Provide needs for the homeless – Bible study, food, showers, laundry services, hygiene, clothes.
  • Providing needs for the most needy in Dothan – Bible study, food, hygiene and clothes.
  • Free health care services for the homeless, women from the House of Ruth and men and women from Houston County Community Corrections. Doctors, nurses, dentists, podiatrists, pharmacists and other medical professionals volunteer their time to help the neediest in our community.
  • Outreaches such as our Dothan Bus Station Outreach where we provide prayer and a bagged meal the passengers and drivers can take with them.
  • Outreaches such as our Thanksgiving Day where we provide 300-plus meals to the homeless and needy.
  • Our newest outreach ministry is our mobile food kitchen. We are now able to go to the people and provide a fresh, hot meal for the homeless and for needy children and adults. This is the ministry in particular that the cooked butts from PorktoberQue help the most. 
  • Human trafficking awareness campaign and outreaches. Human trafficking happens in our hometown of Dothan, Alabama, and we bring awareness through sharing with local churches, youth groups, schools and civic clubs. We work with the Dothan Police Department, Houston County Sheriff Department and the FBI. We are bringing training to local law enforcement in January 2015. We do outreaches to local strip clubs to reach the women. That is often a big step into the human trafficking industry. We work with national organizations such as Truckers Against Trafficking. We also rescue women from the streets.

Besides helping Love in Action Ministries, PorktoberQue supports over a dozen other non-profits, two local school and several programs within the schools (Cross Country, JRROTC) and other civic groups and churches. PorktoberQue strives to help as many other organizations in the community as possible, since it is entirely funded and supported by the community.  Your attendance at PorktoberQue is more than just a great party- it helps hundreds …. maybe even thousands… of others in the Wiregrass!

Ultimate Air Dogs Return to PorktoberQue

Ever seen a dog fly? 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 25-26 for PorktoberQue.


Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 2.59.48 PMUltimate Air Dogs, the premier dock jumping organization in the country, was started in Ultimate Air Dogs, the premier dock jumping organization in the country, was started in2005 by former Detroit Tigers pitcher Milt Wilcox and his son Brian. Milt was best know for winning the 3rd game of the 1984 World Series, and comes to the events as emcee and main announcer. His charismatic personality is entertainment in itself, but the real attraction is the dock diving.

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.

Ultimate Air Dogs are going to have a competition at PorktoberQue in Dothan on September 25-26 thanks to the generosity and support of the Lucky Dog Sports Club of the Wiregrass and their sponsors who have made this event possible, including Jeffers Pet, Pet Supermarket, For Pet’s Sake, Dothan Animal Hospital, Hobo Pantry, The Ashford Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Grecu, In the Dog House Boarding, and the Bed and Biscuit.

Every dog is welcome to sign up for the competition or practice which will introduce your dog to dock jumping, and can do so by registering online at the Ultimate Air Dogs webpage or on site the day of the competition.

It is free to watch the Ultimate Air Dogs dock diving competition, and there will be some seating available near their pool. Spectators may want to bring a lawn chair to ensure they have a seat, though many prefer to stand to see all the activity. The Ultimate Air Dogs competition will be held parallel to the cattle barn at the Houston County Farm Center, near the East entrance to the German-themed Biergarten. PorktoberQue runs from 5-10 pm on Friday September 25 and from 10-6 pm on Saturday September 26 and is an Oktoberfest celebration and barbecue competition that is fun for the whole family. To learn more about the festival visit or call (334) 699-1475.

How PorktoberQue Got Its Name

“So,  what’s with the crazy name for your fall Oktoberfest and barbecue festival in Dothan, Alabama?” We get that question frequently, along with people calling the office to ask about participating in, “Pork… pork tober… that pork fest last weekend in September.”

PorktoberQue is September 26-27 at the Houston County Farm Center, 1701 E. Cottonwood Rd. It’s a sanctioned KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) barbecue competition with teams competing for $7,700.00 in prize money. But it’s also more than just a southern barbecue competition with great food. It’s also Dothan’s celebration of German and Eastern European culture with roots in Oktoberfest, polka music and beer.

“The name PorktoberQue combined the elements of pork, Oktober (fest) and barbeque into a fun-to say word that encompassed the flavor of the event. Honestly, we wanted it to be porktoberfest, but that name was already taken by two different events out of state. We rethought it and decided that because barbeque was such a critical component of the event, we’d use the standard slang for barbeque, ‘Que’ as the final element of the name,” stated event organizer Kerry Farrell.

“It took my father-in-law a while to learn to say it, and I think people are scared at first to pronounce it when they are reading ‘PorktoberQue’. But when you break it down phonetically, it’s pretty easy. Pork-tow-ber-Que. I personally put the emphasis on the ‘tow’ but a lot of folks put the accent on the ‘pork’. The nice thing about a made-up word is that there’s really no wrong way to say it!”

The event, now in it’s third year, features The Polka Dots (a polka band from Dothan, Alabama) as the house band in the popular Biergarten. Also playing in the Biergarten this year is authentic German accordion player, Beatrice Fulghum who is a regular musical fixture at the Panama City Beach Hofbrauhaus Biergarten and restaurant. Many people dress up in traditional German clothing called lederhosen and will polka dance as the musicians play German, Polish and Czech style songs. Again this year, admission is free if you wear lederhosen, a dirndl or other authentic German clothing such as Bundhosen or Kniebundhosen.

“Oktoberfest is actually celebrated the last weekend of September in Europe, lasting as long as two weeks, “ stated Farrell. “We chose to also do ours on the last weekend but PorktoberQue is just one weekend.”

Admission is just $3 per person at the gate, and proceeds are shared among several local organizations. The Houston County Land and Water rescue is the primary beneficiary, receiving $1 from every ticket sold to continue their search and rescue missions in the Wiregrass.

Besides polka music, contemporary bands play on a second stage  and feature country, rock and classic rock. There is also a chance to purchase barbecue, and also sample BBQ in the People’s Choice competition on Saturday. A car show and sale, SEC football on TV’s in the popular “Man Cave”, shopping with vendors and a host of kids activities top off a fun-filled family weekend.  For more information visit or call (334) 699-1475.

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