This was my first Toad Suck Daze. I actually lived in Conway last year around this time, but I did not think to come visit the event. Fairs always scare me a bit due to my irrational fear of clowns. Although fairs are not the usual stopping grounds for the painted face people, the fear still loomed.
I broke my fear today and toured the event with one mission in mind: to eat everything in sight. In all reality, that sort of happened. I was given 40 Toad Bucks and was instructed to try some food. Well, being the competitive person that I am, I wanted to challenge myself and give people a good show. Thus the Toad Suck Food Challenge was born. I was to eat 40 Toad Bucks worth of food.
As many of you know, spending 40 Toad Bucks is easy, but eating the large portions given becomes increasingly difficult, as your stomach can’t expand any longer.
I started with a staple of Toad Suck Daze vending, the “gator on a stick”. This deep fried, exotic treat was pretty good. I had not had alligator in this fashion before, so it was a nice change of pace.
I noticed a young woman getting a lecture on the contents of a “Walking Taco,” which seemed interesting. So the woman and I braved the bizarre name and ordered our first walking taco. It was covered in cheese and the bag was filled with random goodies.
As I walked down the street filled with bright colors and smells of the fat fryers, I noticed a large corn-dog shaped item. It piqued my curiosity and the owner of the stand saw my upward turned brow. He offered it to me “on the house.”
It was a hamburger on a stick. Now, I was grateful for this kindness, but knew it would add to my challenge because I still had 26 Toad Bucks remaining. The hamburger on a stick was delicate and moist on the inside and crispy on the outside.
Boiled shrimp was definitely a highlight to my culinary journey Friday. It was a break from the fried and saucy foods that I had earlier.
I topped off my journey with a root beer and fried Kool-Aid. Even after a ton of food, I still have a sweet tooth.
It was definitely an eventful first Toad Suck Daze and I completed the challenge set out for me. I’m not sure I’ll ever attempt it again, but the challenge has been set and hopefully we can make it a new tradition. My first Toad Suck Daze was amazing!