Find your flashlights and join the Log Cabin Democrat Tuesday night for the Toad Roundup as we put our rubber boots on and scour Tucker Creek in search of toads for the Toad Suck Daze Festival May 2-4.
Festival organizers say more than 200 toads are needed for this year’s festivities, including the famous Toad Races.
The Log Cabin Democrat and the Toad Suck Daze Committee will meet at the Tucker Creek Walking/Bike Trail (Walmart Neighborhood Market trailhead location), Tuesday to round-up toads for the festival.
The public is invited to join in the search and enjoy a night of food, prizes and toads.
Somewhere in the search area, there will be a special prize package toad worth $500.
The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. when First Security Bank fires up the Teal Grill for hot dogs and more.
Then prepare for the roundup. Children will receive one Toad Buck per toad.
Whoever finds the prize toad will receive $200 in Toad Bucks, $100 in cash and a pizza party from U.S. Pizza Co. in downtown Conway.
The prize toad will either be marked with black-light-reactive, fluorescent dye or include unusual markings on his/her back that can be matched with a photograph of the toad.
Suggested supplies for the Toad Roundup include rubber boots, gloves (for the faint-at-heart) and a flashlight or headlamp.
Boxes for toad storage, or Toad Condos, will be provided by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.
Parking will be available at the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 2550 Prince Street.
The National Weather Service is reporting prime conditions for a Toad Roundup Tuesday night with partly cloudy skies, a low of about 49 and a light breeze.
Some years have proved a challenge, but each year, volunteers pull through by supplying the festival with toads from their own creeks and yards.
Other toad gatherers may drop toads off at the Chamber’s office during business hours until Toad Suck Daze.
This family friendly event is completely free to the public.