Upgraded TV situation in the Man Cave

The Man Cave sponsored by Schmitz Automotive Group is a great place to sit down, get out of the sun, and enjoy your food and drinks. It’s also a spot where you have been able to watch the SEC football games on TVs we had in the tent. We hung those TVs from the poles and were able to have 3 units that were about 40″ (the heaviest we could suspend from the tent poles).

This year, through a partnership with Camping World of Dothan we have upgraded our TVs for the Man Cave! They are bringing three large RVs to park on 3 sides of the Man Cave tent. These RVs will have large flat screen TVs mounted to the side and should be covered somewhat with an awning so the glare won’t be bad. You’ll be able to sit inside the Man Cave and watch the TVs and catch the games while you’re at PorktoberQue having fun with your family.

As if that weren’t enough, Camping World will be giving away bags, goodies and swag all weekend if you stop by and visit their booth or take a tour of one of the RVs at PorktoberQue. 

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.

What’s Going on Today at PorktoberQue

Free admission until 11AM, or come back free with your Friday or Saturday ticket stub. Otherwise, $5 per person, children 12 and under free. Prayer service at 11, Ultimate Air Dogs diving finals, polka music throughout the day inside, Reptile Discovery program at 10:30 and 2:30 inside the air-conditioning, gospel music from 1-5 on the outside stage. Beer sales will begin at 1pm as per Alabama state law. Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 10.46.05 AM

What’s Happening TODAY at PorktoberQue?

PorktoberQue gates open today, Saturday September 24 at 10am at the Houston County Farm Center located at 1701 E. Cottonwood Road in Dothan. You can pay at the gate, and it is $5 per person per day, with children 12 and under FREE!  Well-behaved pets on a leash are welcome as well.  TODAY IS THE EVAN BARBER & the DEAD GAMBLERS concert at 3:30 pm. Do not miss it! fullsizerender

The KIDS QUE kicks off today’s activities, The Ultimate Air Dogs are jumping, the beer will be cold, and there’s dozens of food and merchandise vendors on site. The Man Cave is open and the TV’s will have the SEC football games on them, the Corn Hole tournament kicks off today after lunch, and the BBQ Queens are selling whole butts and racks of ribs to go.  40 of the best competition BBQ teams will be competing today for $8,000.00 in prize money and awards. The Reptile Discovery Program is in the FestHaus and there’s live polka music ALL DAY LONG too!  Gates open from 10 AM- 6pm!

Here’s the entertainment schedule:
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Also, you may notice the “TBA” that is Saturday on the outside stage at noon. The Alabama Music Association is filling that slot with a bunch of artists who will each perform on or two songs. The list is as follows:

Kyle Brigham.……Award wining State(Alabama Music Association) and National(North America Country Music Association International)    Male/Traditional Country Artist
Vikki Latner.……..Award wining State(Alabama Music Association) and National (North America Country Music Association International) Female /Traditional Country Artist
Jimmy Harris…..Award Wining state(AMA) & National(NACMAI) male Traditional Country Artist 50+
 Nori Hendrix………Award Wining State Female Traditional Country Artist
Tucker Wilson….. Award Wining State  Youth Male Traditional Country Artist
Deanna Johnson….. Award Wining State and National Youth Female New Country ARtist
Avery Griffith…… Award Wining State Youth Female New Country Artist

*insider tip* there is almost NEVER a line and usually good parking outside of the large metal building we call the Fest Haus (it faces Publix and the Circle). You can walk in the back door of the building and buy your ticket and be right in the middle of the polka fun and avoid the lines! This is like it used to be in the “old” p’nut festival days.

What’s going on today at PorktoberQue (What should I know before I go?)

Today’s the day! PorktoberQue begins today, Friday September 23 at 5pm at the Houston County Farm Center located at 1701 E. Cottonwood Road in Dothan. You can pay at the gate, and it is $5 per person per day, with children 12 and under FREE!  Well-behaved pets on a leash are welcome as well.

*insider tip* there is almost NEVER a line and usually good parking outside of the large metal building we call the Fest Haus (it faces Publix and the Circle). You can walk in the back door of the building and buy your ticket and be right in the middle of the polka fun and avoid the lines! This is like it used to be in the “old” p’nut festival days.

The Ultimate Air Dogs are jumping, the beer will be cold, and there’s dozens of food and merchandise vendors on site. The Man Cave is open, there’s practice rounds for the Corn Hole tournament and the BBQ Queens are selling whole butts and racks of ribs to go.  40 of the best competition BBQ teams will be firing up the pits tonight and the World Food Championships Steak and Bacon cooking competitions will be tonight. The Reptile Discovery Program is in the FestHaus and there’s live polka music too!  Gates open from 5-10 pm!

Tonight’s entertainment includes:
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Does Your Dog Jump?

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 23-25 for PorktoberQue.

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.

If you’d like to register your dog, click here- http://www.ultimateairdogs.com/event-info/2016/Dothan.php and you can sign up. If you’re not sure if your dog would like to try jumping, you can bring your dog out to PorktoberQue and they can try a few practice jumps. Just talk to the Air Dogs people on site and maybe you and your dog will have a new hobby!

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Helping the Community

One aspect of PorktoberQue that we don’t brag about (it’s kind of bad form to brag on yourself, right?) is the charitable aspect of our festival. Thousands of dollars raised go to benefit civic and youth programs in the community. We also offer free space to numerous non-profits, churches and groups who are fund raising to support their charities.

Some of the many groups who will benefit from PorktoberQue this year are as follows:

  • Northview High School JR ROTC program (you’ll see them parking cars)
  • VFW (https://www.vfw.org/Community/Buddy-Poppy/)
  • Taylor Mason Lodge- They are taking tickets at the gate
  • Northview High Girls Soccer teams- running the cornhole tournament
  • Blue Line Support Group- support services for Police
  • Chattachoochee State Park
  • Northview HS Boys and Girls Cross Country teams- running the People’s Choice tasting tent Saturday from 12-2. 100% of the money raised supports these teams and the cost of participating in local and regional meets
  • AUSA Rampage Basketball- basketball club focusing on the development of young men and athleticism
  • Ashford Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Southern Charmers pet rescue
  • Rosewood Congregation
  • HIPPY (programs for lower income youth to get them school-ready)
  • ASL- sign language programs in Dothan
  • Wiregrass Blues Society-keeping the blues alive in south Alabama
  • CHARM – Pet rescue group from Headland

Additionally, the Car Show raises thousands of dollars through registration fees and awards that as a scholarship to the Automotive Technology program at Wallace College. Literally, hundreds of kids and dozens of groups are supported through your attendance at PorktoberQue! Your $5 admission ticket plays a vital role in this effort. Thanks for supporting PorktoberQue!

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