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Centennial Bank: No Stuck on a Truck event in 2014

Area to be used as command center for emergency services

Posted: February 10, 2014 - 5:49pm
Sherri Lachowsky(left) and Jacob Odom compete in Stuck on a Truck in May 2013. The annual event, put on by Centennial Bank during Toad Suck Daze, will not be held in 2014, bank officials announced Monday.
Sherri Lachowsky(left) and Jacob Odom compete in Stuck on a Truck in May 2013. The annual event, put on by Centennial Bank during Toad Suck Daze, will not be held in 2014, bank officials announced Monday.

For the past 13 years during Toad Suck Daze, the Centennial Bank in Toad Suck Square has been associated with hallucinations, karaoke, loud music and large crowds as part of its annual vehicle giveaway. During this year’s festival, it will be known as a command center for all emergency services.

Centennial Bank officials announced Monday afternoon the move to not hold the 13th annual Stuck on a Truck competition, and 14th annual vehicle giveaway, which began as Hug a Bug in 2001.

“While Stuck on a Truck has been a great event for us, I just think the community would be better served if we offer that corner for our emergency services, police and fire over that weekend,” bank president David Druey said.

Druey refered to the Stuck on a Truck competition as “phenomenal” in terms of publicity and success, but said turning the area into a command center does more for the community and event-goers.

“We’ve got lots of banks that talk about only being in Arkansas and being a community bank, but none do more for their community than [Centennial Bank],” Druey said. “This is just another way to show our support of our community that we serve in offering a prime spot in the festival, and allowing that to be used for our civil services.”

Moving all emergency services into one area should streamline the handling of any issues during the event, bank marketing director Eric King said.

“It’s in the center of the event, so it’s a lot easier to focus people in that direction, to have a lost and found and other things that will be easier to find and not be spread out,” he said.

Conway Chief of of Police A.J. Gary said moving all emergency personnel to an area known by all festival-goers will also be a benefit.

“With all emergency services in one location, and a location all event-goers know where it’s at will help, so that if there are any problems, people will know where to go,” Gary said. “Having all the public services together should also improve communications. It sounds like a pretty good move to me.”

Saying goodbye to an event that attracted thousands to its tent, lasted anywhere from 65 hours to almost six days and turned more than 300 contestants into local celebrities during Toad Suck Daze will be hard for bank officials, but will be viewed as a necessary move.

“It just falls in line with what we’ve been doing over the last couple of years with some of the things we’ve done for our civic groups,” Druey said.

While there will be no Stuck on a Truck in 2014, event supporters and fans can hold out some hope that the event might return in the future.

“If [the command center] goes as well as we expect it to, great,” Druey said. “But if it doesn’t and we have to regroup, then there’s always the possibility of bringing back Stuck on a Truck.”

(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at lee.hogan@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at twitter.com/LCD_LeeHogan.)

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Tova
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Tova 02/10/14 - 06:28 pm
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Stuck on a truck

Couldn't it be held in a different location,or have all emergency needs be set up at the fire station that's already equipped?
Just asking......Stuck on a truck drew a lot of business into Toad Suck Daze!

fdsjfsdjfsda543543543
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fdsjfsdjfsda543543543 02/10/14 - 07:56 pm
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Maybe giving away a $30K

Maybe giving away a $30K pickup truck every year is kinda expensive?

angryrepublican
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angryrepublican 02/10/14 - 08:05 pm
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Its alot of work

With these things lasting 130 hours its as hard on the volunteers as it is the contestants. I bet their having a hard time finding ppl to do it after 13yrs.

setlimits
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setlimits 02/10/14 - 08:30 pm
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How about "stuck on cycle".

How about "stuck on cycle". You can get one if the for less $10,000

richweav
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richweav 02/10/14 - 09:55 pm
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It's the money

Those have to be some of the lamest excuses that I've ever heard. Centennial does not bear the entire cost of the truck, it is shared with the other sponsors, but I'm not sure how much of it as a percentage the bank bears--maybe a significantly larger portion.
The fact is that Centennial has been on a cost cutting binge the last couple of years. You've seen the migration of some key players move to other institutions, and our little branch in Greenbrier has closed it's lobby on Saturdays. The employees there will tell you that it's a safety issue, but First Security is open right across the parking lot. When Centennial came into the market they were aggressive and highly customer focused. Now they have grown regionally and become very profitable..and well, now it's time to cut some expenses and become even more profitable. In other words, they're just another big bank.
The stuck on a truck event was their baby. If they want to kill it it's their prerogative, but they should be honest and say they are trying to save money instead of assuming people are stupid enough to fall for those excuses!

susanshad
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susanshad 02/11/14 - 11:01 am
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It's the money

I couldnt agree MORE with richweav......what a lame excuse! Just move the location!!! DUH...

Zweck
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Zweck 02/10/14 - 10:36 pm
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Hopefully someone else steps up

And Ty to the bank for doing it so many years, it would have been understood if budget cuts where listed but it a bank so they don't want to publish their $$ status. Reminds me to hurry up and close out an account lol

ARBEAR
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ARBEAR 02/10/14 - 11:04 pm
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stuck on a tree

Tab is going to waste more taxpayer dollars and have the city
fund a "Stuck on a tree" Christmas event.

Budnmud
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Budnmud 02/11/14 - 08:47 am
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Only council members

and other FOT cronies are "Stuck on the tree".....

susanshad
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susanshad 02/11/14 - 11:03 am
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Stuck on a TREE

AGREE w ARBEAR!!! The "tree" was the biggest waste of money in Conway EVER...

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