Available to the first 12 Non-Profits who complete and return the form are a free 10×10′ space for PorktoberQue. You can use this space to raise money, have a drawing, sell products (no food to be cooked on site) or just get out there and let the Wiregrass know what your church, civic group, non-profit or organization is all about. Spaces are assigned on a first-pay basis, and will be the 12 spots from the main gate to the barbecue vendors area on the grassy area beside the old auditorium.
Many thanks to our sponsor, Mosquito Squad of the Wiregrass, for spraying the Houston County Farm Center for us this week so that PorktoberQue can be as bug and mosquito free as possible. Though it can be difficult to have large areas such as the Houston County Farm Center treated, the folks at Mosquito Squad of the Wiregrass did a great job. If you don’t get bitten while at PorktoberQue, make sure you stop by their booth (straight ahead of the main gate and off to the right just a little) and thank them!
Originally, we thought the Cornhole tournament winners would just receive a trophy and bragging rights. However, due to the generosity of Yates Hobby Shop in Bonifay, FL the winning team will also receive a set of boards for their victory!
Check out Yates here on their Facebook page and make sure you tell them “thanks” for their kindness!
Besides laughter, good memories and family fun, what should you expect and plan for at PorktoberQue? Here’s a TOP 10 list of things to remember to make your visit enjoyable:
- No coolers are allowed in the gates. Sorry. We have plenty of food, beer, water and other items for sale, though!
- Bring a camera! For the Reptile Discovery Program, for the Car Show, for the “stick your head through a hole and be the PorktoberQue pig” cut out…. there’s lots of photo ops!
- Bring sunscreen for the kids (and yourself!) on Saturday. Lots of outside activities including the free inflatables, free putt putt, free car show, and loads of shopping— about 80% of the festival is in the sun. If you get hot, we have air-conditioning in the Biergarten.
- Yes, there’s beer for sale, but it’s still family friendly. It’s not a drunk fest, but rather a fun event for people of all ages and no one who is intoxicated will be served.
- Even if you’re 75 years old, you need a valid ID to purchase beer. It’s Alabama state law and we follow those laws and rules. Everyone purchasing a beer needs to get their ID verified and get an armband.
- Bring some money to purchase BBQ and great food both days! There’s also a People’s Choice tasting tent that’s an additional $10 on Saturday. Proceeds benefit NHS cross country program.
- There are a few activities for kids that cost extra, like the NASCAR simulator, the pony rides, the mini-helicopter rides and things of that nature. The cornhole tournament is also extra, $20, and you need to register in advance to get your team a spot.
- There’s no extra cost to go into the Man Cave and watch the football games or enjoy the fun!
- Admission is just $2 per person per day, kids 6 and under are free both days. Wear Lederhosen and get in free!
- There is shopping with a wide variety of vendors both INSIDE the air-conditioned building and also outside. Make sure you check both out!
PorktoberQue is September 27th from 5-9pm and also September 28th from 10-9. List of bands playing on two stages both days is above under the Entertainment tab. See you there!
Each day this week we’ve featured a musical act that will be performing at PorktoberQue for your entertainment. Because there are two stages (one inside the air-conditioned Biergarten and one outside) we have lots of great entertainment. We couldn’t mention all the acts this week, but will feature some more hopefully later on.
Today we wrap up with BIG JIMMY!
Big Jimmy may have started a new trend of Country Stomping. You never seen a redneck rap like this. Music for the people that like rap music, but could never relate to it.– it’s called Hick Hop. Redneck Rapping. Whatever you call it it’s funny and entertaining. Scheduled to appear on the outside stage at 4pm on Saturday September 28th.
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.
German polka band music is kind of an acquired taste for many. But any Oktoberfest celebration wouldn’t be complete without the “oomp -pah- pah ” sounds of the accordion-led band.
Though some (who don’t live here) might find it hard to believe, Dothan doesn’t have a polka band. Heck, we couldn’t find one for 90 miles in any direction! And the super awesome famous bands are booked during Oktoberfest season (mid September through Halloween) and cost an arm and a leg. So what to do?
Fortunately, Dothan (called The DOT by some of the young hipsters) has an abundance of skilled musicians. I found a talented accordion player who was willing to take on the challenges of leading a band for the purpose of polka music, and they already have a drummer willing to make it happen. Just looking for a tuba or bass player and a clarinet to round out the mix and we’ll have Dothan’s first polka band. They will play several short sets during PorktoberQue to entertain the crowd, and get everyone in the mood for OktoberFest.
And the name of this band? Since it’s comprised of people from the DOT, it’s an obvious choice as to what they should be called. THE POLKA DOTS.
Admission to PorktoberQue on Friday from 5-9pm and Saturday from 10-9 is FREE to the general public. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the fun without breaking the bank, plus there will be some great food and shopping with vendors and a full-scale KCBS barbecue competition.
For more information on PorktoberQue, call (334) 699-1475
PorktoberQue is pleased and proud to partner with Dothan’s Hampton Inn for this year’s Judges School and barbecue competition. The folks at the Hampton Inn go out of their way to make guests happy, and they have a fantastic breakfast that is sure to please. (I can personally vouch for both of those statements as we recently held an event there and I enjoyed both the hospitality and food!)
The manager there, Sid, is great to deal with and they should be offering a special “BBQ FESTIVAL” rate. You can reach them directly at 334-761-7672