PorktoberQue is THIS WEEKEND!

PorktoberQue will be here in just a couple more days! Don’t forget, you can get your tickets at the door for $5 each (children 12 and under are free). The event is rain or shine and the polka music is INSIDE the air-conditioned building. Pets on a leash are welcome! (pick up any poopies, please!) Lots of things to do at PorktoberQue!
PorktoberQue is this weekend

Last Days to Enter Kids Cook!!!

The 2016 Kids Que sponsored by Academy Sports+Outdoors still has room for a few more competitions, however the deadline is fast approaching. The original deadline of September 10 was extended a week to September 17. Your child’s entry must be postmarked by September 17 or HAND DELIVERED on Monday, September 19 to 257 South Saint Andrews St. in Downtown Dothan. This is so we can get your child the necessary information and tickets they will need to compete on Saturday September 24 at PorktoberQue. If you have any questions or even want to pay with a credit card and register them over the phone call 334-699-1475

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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
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  • 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

Don’t Miss The Reptile Discovery Program this Weekend!

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 a program on Friday evening (September 26th) at 7pm and three programs on Saturday September 27th (11:30, 1:30 and 3:30, tentatively). The programs will be on the stage in the air-conditioned Festhaus, 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 visit:www.reptileworld.org . 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, www.iucncsg.org in which he currently serves as chair of the Tomistoma Task Force www.tomistoma.org . In addition to providing education programs ands exhibits, Bruce also operates Crocodile Conservation Services, www.crocodileconservation.org 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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Special Room Rates Available for PorktoberQue

Out of town guests to PorktoberQue can receive very special room rates at the Hilton Garden Inn…. if you know the special code 🙂

A king non-smoking room is just $89 per night and a junior suite with two queen beds and a separate living area is just $99 per night if you go to this link www.dothan.hgi.com and use code PTQ
 

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How Getting Your Face Painted can Save a Life

PorktoberQue is all about fun and games. We’ve got some great entertainment lined up, and terrific activities and food and drink for sale. But, once in a while there’s an underlying story to something, and we thought we’d let you know about one of the booths at PorktoberQue that’s really special.

Josh and Kimberly Graham will have a booth called ”  LoveOneArtStudio.com ” (also the name of their web site) at PorktoberQue where they will be painting faces and will have hand painted items for sale. They will also be providing entertainment throughout the day for the festival. What makes their story remarkable is why they are participating.

Kimberly tells their story best. Here it is in her own words, “Three years ago I went on a mission trip with my church and ICA (International Crisis Aid) to Ethiopia. It was amazing and God changed my heart about something while over there. He also placed a love for those people that is hard to explain.
When I came home I told my husband that I felt that God wanted us to adopt a child from there. He said, Ok but kind of brushed it off as me being emotional. The feeling continued to grow and so I started looking for an adoption agency. When he saw that I was serious we started praying and God lead us to American World Adoption.
Last year I went back to Ethiopia on another mission trip and it made my heart ache for the children even more. We are currently still in the paper chase stage and hope to be able to send are dossier soon, but the expense to just send it is a lot of money and we have done several fund raisers, but none have really done that well. We know that God will supply all that we need in His timing and sometimes that’s not fast enough for us. We are trusting Him and He will see us through.”

They are selflessly going to help a child half a world away by giving them a chance at a stable, loving family and the freedoms we enjoy here in America. All of the money they raise at PorktoberQue will help get an orphaned Ethiopian child a shot at a better life here in America. Please be generous as your heart sees fit and visit their booth during PorktoberQue.

A child’s life depends on it.