CONWAY, Ark. (April 6, 2017) – In one month, the 36th annual Toad Suck Daze festival, presented by Crain Buick GMC and Crain Kia, will kick off in downtown Conway. Organizers say they can’t recall a more exciting time before the festival.
“New contests, new giveaways, and new partners are all combining with 36 years of tradition,” said Brad Lacy, president and CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. “I think this year’s festival will prove we’re not finished coming up with new – and sometimes crazy – ways to have fun and support great causes.”
Friday night entertainment will feature a “Girls Night Out” lineup including two rising country stars, Aubrie Sellers and Clare Dunn. Saturday night brings three 80s rock legends to the stage. Kip Winger, Jack Russell’s Great White, and Dokken have sold a combined 20 million records and will headline an all-star “80s Rock Night.”
The TriTechne Late Night Stage will once again offer local and regional talent in a traditional live music setting. Reggae, folk, country, Americana, and rock performers will be on the stage at King’s Live Music.
One of the festival’s most exciting performances won’t involve real instruments at all. During the Saturday night entertainment, the McDonald’s/Crain Certified Pre-Owned/Crafton Tull Main Stage will host the US Air Guitar Championship regional qualifier. Two local winners will move on to the US Air Guitar semifinals in Philadelphia and potentially compete in the World Air Guitar Championships this summer in Finland.
Toad Suck TV, presented by Baptist Health, will allow festival attendees to keep up with everything taking place festival-wide during their visit. The 144-square-foot big screen will broadcast festival events, give real-time updates, and screen original content about the history of Toad Suck Daze.
The Academy Sports Countdown to Toad Suck Daze will offer discounts on festival and event related merchandise at four central Arkansas Academy Sports locations. And back for a second year is the Cherokee Casino Concessions Sweepstakes, reimbursing every 36th customer for the full value of their concessions receipt.
The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s Toad Suck Daze Committee presented more than $90,000 in contributions to seven area nonprofits and scholarship recipients at the Thursday announcement:
- Arkansas Preschool Plus - $35,000
- Conway Downtown Partnership - $20,000
- Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre - $4,000
- University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton - $3,500
- Blackbird Academy of Arts - $1,500
- Conway Symphony Orchestra - $1,500
- Red Curtain Theatre - $1,500
The committee also announced $23,600 in scholarships to eight Faulkner County students.
Jay Myers, past-chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors, said he hopes today’s contributions remind people of Toad Suck Daze’s mission.
“Toad Suck Daze is about having fun and giving back. The time and money you spend at Toad Suck Daze may help a child get ballet lessons, a recent grad go to college, or someone in the workforce learn a new skilled trade.”
Arkansas Preschool Plus
Conway Downtown Partnership
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre
Conway Symphony Orchestra
Blackbird Academy of Arts
Red Curtain Theatre
Three of the eight scholarship recipients