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Business Journal: New events, festival favorites coming to Toad Suck Daze

Posted: April 11, 2014 - 3:33pm

Toad Suck Daze is May 2-4 in downtown Conway. In addition to its long-standing attractions and events — such as the Mardi Daze Parade; Toad Suck Daze 10K/5K Run; Tour de Toad; Kids Crawl, Drag & Squirt; Toadal Kids Zone; and others — the festival has added new events to appeal to festivalgoers of all ages.

Toad Suck Challenge

Arvest Bank and Crain Automotive Team have collaborated to bring a new athletic competition to Toad Suck Daze. During the Arvest-Crain Toad Suck Challenge, individuals and teams compete for prizes and trophies on an inflatable, military-style obstacle course. The course will be located on Oak Street between Chestnut and Court Streets in downtown Conway. Competitions will take place throughout the weekend.

The event will be a timed speed competition with multiple categories and divisions. In each competition, the individual or team with the fastest time wins.

Daze Dash: In this competition, individual contestants compete for $5,000. To participate, register at any Arvest Bank or Crain location in central Arkansas from April 21 to May 1 or enter at ToadSuckChallenge.com. Preliminary races will take place throughout the weekend with finals on Sunday afternoon.

• Individual Nonprofit: Nonprofit agencies in central Arkansas can designate an individual to run the course on the organization’s behalf. The winning agency receives a $1,000 cash prize.

• Individual Political: State and local political candidates can compete for a trophy or designate someone to run the course on their behalf.

• Individual Media: State and local media personalities can compete for a trophy.

• Team Corporate: Teams of four people representing a central Arkansas business can compete for a trophy.

An individual competition divided by gender and age is also available: senior (50 and older), adult (20-49) and teen (13-19).

For more information, including official contest rules and a schedule, visit ToadSuckChallenge.com.

Ride and Drive

Crain Buick GMC, Crain Kia, Caldwell Toyota and Smith Ford will participate in a Ride and Drive event on Saturday and Sunday. As sponsors of Toad Suck Daze, the dealerships have the opportunity to feature several new vehicles on-site at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.

“The Ride and Drive gives prospective car buyers a chance to compare different makes and models on the same day at one location,” said Mary Margaret Satterfield, director of Toad Suck Daze and events at the Chamber. “Customers will be able to look at and test-drive cars in a relaxed, pressure-free setting.”

Toad Roundup

Each year on the Tuesday night before Toad Suck Daze, festival organizers, schoolchildren and their families, and those in search of a fun time make their way to Tucker Creek to gather toads to compete in the World Championship Toad Races. The toads are returned to Tucker Creek after the festival.

This year’s “Toad Roundup” will take place Tuesday, April 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m. New this year is the opportunity to catch a special “pre-marked” toad and win a grand prize package worth $500. The Toad Roundup is sponsored by the Log Cabin Democrat.

The Toad Roundup is open to all ages. Children receive one Toad Buck, the official currency of the festival, for each toad they find.

Toad Suck After Hours

Downtown restaurants and entertainment venues with late hours and live music have the opportunity to promote their special events on the Toad Suck Daze schedule. “This is a great way for restaurants to take advantage of the heavy foot traffic Toad Suck Daze brings to downtown Conway,” Mary Margaret Satterfield said.

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

On Friday and Saturday, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre will present a variety of scenes from some of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays. The performances will take place on the Preston Palmer Studios Stage in the Smith Ford Toadal Kids Zone. Children will have the opportunity to try on Shakespearean costumes in the dress-up center.

For More Information

For a complete schedule of events during Toad Suck Daze, visit ToadSuck.org or download the official festival app available on iPhone and Android.

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