2017 PorktoberQue to now offer FREE BBQ samples on Saturday

One of the best things about visiting a barbecue competition is sampling the different types of smoked meats. In PorktoberQue’s past, we’ve taken the meats form the teams and placed them in a central location (tasting tent) for spectators to sample. We then staffed the tent with volunteers to help dish up the BBQ, and collect the votes. This was previously a fundraiser for local youth athletics, but the past year it wasn’t supported well and we decided to do away with the tasting tent. 

This year spectators will go from team site to team site and sample barbecue from 2-4pm on Saturday September 30th. By eliminating the cost of the tent, tasting cups and volunteers, we have now been able to make this event at PorktoberQue FREE for spectators to enjoy. Plus, this year voting will be done at the team sites via BAMTEXT, a technology driven text-to vote system. All you need is a cell phone to cast your vote for your favorite barbecue.

PorktoberQue will be at the Houston County Farm Center September 29-October 1. Friday night will feature polka music in the Festhaus, German-style craft beer, concerts on the outside stage and lots of shopping with vendors and food trucks. Saturday we will see a car show, more polka music in the Festhaus, music on the outside stage all day long, kids entertainment, cooking competitions and more shipping and opportunities to eat wonderful food. Sunday there’s a non-denominational church service at 11, children’s entertainment, barbecue competition and polka music. Times and schedule online at porktoberque.com

Tickets are $5 per person per day (children 12 and under are free) or you can buy a weekend armband good all three days in advance for just $7. Advance armbands are only available through September 15 and can be purchased at The Thirsty Pig in downtown Dothan. Interested vendors may call 334-699-1475 for placement and avability information.

New Contest Going On Now for 4 FREE Tickets!

Click Here to Enter to WIN

It’s that easy! Or go to http://gvwy.io/1h6g5l2 to enter. Enter by 9/1/15 for your chance to win 4 tickets to PorktoberQue. If you don’t win, don’t worry- you can still get in free if you wear lederhosen or a German style dirndl dress. Kids 6 and under are free, well-behaved pets on a leash are free, also. All others- $4 per person per day at the gate!

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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.

Do you know how to play bean-bag toss/ cornhole?

For the third year, the Cornhole in the Wiregrass Tournament is set to coincide with PorktoberQue at the Houston County Farm Center September 25-26. Teams who pre-register will not only get a discount, but also receive $16 worth of admission tickets to PorktoberQue. Pre-registration is just $20 and includes practice rounds Friday night and the tournament Saturday. You must pre-register by September 15 to receive the discount. Registrations after that date and the day of are $25 but do not include the 4 tickets into PorktoberQue.

All of the money received will go to the girls soccer program at Northview High School. For more information or to register, please call Coach Williams at 334-794-3179 or visit www.PorktoberQue.com

Print off the form below or call 334-794-3179 for one to be mailed to you!
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Welcome WTVY to PorktoberQue as one of our Entertainment Sponsors!

WTVY, Dothan’s oldest television station, is proud to partner with PorktoberQue this year as one of the major sponsors of the event. Their commitment to community is evident throughout their 60 year history and this festival is no exception. We are working out the details as to how the family of stations owned by WTVY will participate, but are pleased to announce their support of the 2015 PorktoberQue!

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PorktoberQue Begins Next Week

If you already haven’t marked your calendars for next weekend’s PorktoberQue at the Houston County Farm Center… what are you waiting for? There’s not any better or more affordable entertainment around! Two stages of music, car show, Ultimate Air Dogs, Reptile Discovery Program, prize wheels, pet parade, Man Cave and so much more! Make plans to attend!

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