There’s no question in the 13 years Centennial Bank hosted a vehicle giveaway during Toad Suck Daze, it created quite the following.
That passionate, fervent and sincere fan base was none too pleased with Monday’s announcement there would be no Stuck on a Truck competition in 2014. Bank officials said the parking lot of its downtown branch would instead be used as a command center for all emergency services during the yearly festival, Toad Suck Daze.
“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 told the Log Cabin Democrat on Monday.
News spread quickly and spawned a community-gathering of sorts in an attempt to bring back the event. A Facebook page, titled “Bring Back Stuck on a Truck” was created in the hours after the announcement and had 64 likes as of 9:40 a.m. Tuesday.
The page said it is “for those of us who feel that Toad Suck Daze simply will not be the same without our beloved Stuck on a Truck!!”
The page creator urged supporters to leave a “kind comment” in favor of bringing back the marathon competition.
Others also took to social media to voice their disbelief and despair. The following is a collection of those who expressed their thoughts.
(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at twitter.com/LCD_LeeHogan.)