Reptile Discovery Program to Return To PorktoberQue 2014

Enjoy the FREE Reptile Discovery Program, sponsored by Five Star Credit Union!  Bruce Shwedick will bring several of his reptile friends to PorktoberQue, and he will present two programs on Friday evening (september 26) and three on Saturday September 27th (tentatively). The programs will be on the stage in the air-conditioned Biergarten, located in the large metal building facing the Ross Clark Circle at the Farm Center. After each program, Bruce will offer the opportunity for spectators to get up close and personal with select reptiles and take photographs. 

Here are a few photographs of the Reptile Discovery Program in action at schools and our festival last year. Bring your camera and enjoy this free activity at PorktoberQue, courtesy of Five Star Credit Union!
1493199_686360761404124_1058456290_n169063_186014121438793_7305936_nThe Reptile Discovery program, presented by Bruce Shwedick and based in Plant City, Florida, has provided assembly programs to well over 1,000 schools in forty-five states across the US and in Washington, D.C. Each program features large, gentle, captive born reptiles from around the globe. Information on their natural history, geography and conservation is presented in a format suitable for audiences of all ages.

Bruce began raising reptiles at the age of ten with the help of his older brother Michael. Michael is also a reptile specialist and the founder of Reptile World, Inc. in Maryland, where they grew up. Please . Michael received his initial professional training at the Miami Serpentarium, under the direction of William E. Haast.

Bruce began assisting his brother with summer program in 1974, and has presented programs on his own since 1975. Bruce attended the first crocodile conservation workshop held in Africa in 1978. Since then Bruce has returned to Africa four times and has also traveled to South America and Asia to learn more about reptiles and their impact on the lives of people.

He is a steering committee member of the IUCN/SSC Crocodile Specialist Group, in which he currently serves as chair of the Tomistoma Task Force . In addition to providing education programs ands exhibits, Bruce also operates Crocodile Conservation Services, and works closely with curators and keepers working in zoological parks and aquariums on projects related to the captive husbandry, reproduction and conservation of crocodilians.

His son Graham has begun assisting Bruce with his summer programs and his daughter Aubrey is developing her own program focusing on Tarantulas. reptile


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Ever Hear of “Two Buck Chuck”?

Back in the early 2000’s a California wine company produced an “extreme value” wine under the Charles Shaw brand. The wines sold at Trader Joe’s for $1.99— which earned them the nickname of “Two Buck Chuck”. The wine even won a gold medal for it’s taste despite the price tag, meaning that you don’t always have to pay more to enjoy something!

Fast forward to PorktoberQue this coming Friday and Saturday (the 27th and 28th). Admission is just $2 per person per day (free if you wear lederhosen/ a German outfit or if you are a child 6 years old or younger) but there’s great entertainment, free activities for kids and families and lots to do despite the small price tag. Parking is even free, so you’re not being nickled and dimed to death. You will pay for food and drinks and some activities like pony rides for the kids, but there’s a lot to do on your $2 admission. Check out the great entertainment and activities and you’ll be amazed at all there is to do at PorktoberQue 2013!

We’re kind of like Two Buck Chuck…. a lot of bang for your (two) bucks! 

Ticket Info, Q&A

The most common question we are getting by phone and email is, “Can we get tickets at the door on Friday or Saturday?” The answer is ABSOLUTELY, YES! Admission is just $2 per person each day and you just pay at the door. Here are the answers to some other common questions we’ve been getting:

Q  Does my kid need a ticket?
A. Children 6 and Under are Free. All others, it’s $2

Q. Is food Included i n my $2 ticket?
A. Seriously? You expect a dinner on that $2 admission? NO. Food is not included.

Q.  How can I sample all the teams’ BBQ at the event?
A. Show up at 11:00 AM for the People’s Choice tasting. It’s at the east end of the Man Cave and it’s $10 for a tasting pass. That gets you into the tent and allows you to eat as many samples as you like (but you can’t take the samples outside the tent or share them). It’s a fundraiser for the Northview High School Cross Country Team, too.

Q. Do I have to be 21 to enter the Biergarten?
A. No. The Biergarten is all-ages and family friendly, featuring the Reptile Discovery Program and other great entertainment as well as shopping. You DO need to have a valid ID and be 21 or over to drink alcohol at the event.

Q. Is it too late to register to play in the CornHole tournament? 
A. No, it’s not. It’s too late to register in advance unless you come in to the office in person though. You can register on site Friday or Saturday before 1pm, but the price jumps up slightly from $20 to $25 onsite. But it’s a fundraiser for the Dothan High School Cross Country Program, so don’t feel too bad.

Q. I want to get my tickets in advance/ I want to register my cornhole team/ I need to sign up for a vendor spot. Where’s your office?
A. 257 South Saint Andrews St., Dothan. But call first, as we are at the Farm Center setting up right about now. (334) 699-1475. But we can come back and meet you if we know when you’ll be here.

Q. Does it cost to park the car?
A. No, not at PorktoberQue it doesn’t.

If you have a question we didn’t answer, either leave a comment below and we’ll reply or email and we’ll get you an answer!


We are pleased to announce that Dothan’s new craft brewery, Folklore Brewery and Meadery, is partnering with ProktoberQue to provide free samples of a couple of their hand-crafted beers Friday evening at the event.  We are planning on the beer tasting being in the Man Cave, between the air-conditioned Biergarten and the competition teams, but may move the sampling into the Biergarten in the event of excessive heat or inclement weather.  The sampling is scheduled for 6-8pm. A valid ID is required to sample or purchase beer, regardless of age (PER Alabama Beverage Control law). No ID, no beer.Screen Shot 2013-08-06 at 9.25.58 AM

Information on Folklore, from their web page:
Besides the 4 of us, we have another family to take care of…Honey Bees!  We currently have 5 bee hives and hope to continue to grow that number over the coming years!  Beekeeping is an integral part of taking responsibility over the health and life cycle of the honey bee population in the US and the world.  We only harvest the excess honey the bees can produce so they have enough honey during winter!

Folklore is a story of 15 years of brewing experience and obsessive compulsive fermentation genius!

We are currently in the final stages of licensing and build out.  As our primary equipment is currently being built, we hope to be up and running by August this year.  Draft beer will be on tap in Dothan, AL as of September 2013.  Soon after we will be offering high gravity specialty beers and braggot’s.  Braggot is Beer with honey and is usually quite strong.  Next spring we anticipate offering Mead and small batch Estate Mead produced from our own hives on our farm!