CONWAY, Ark. (April 10, 2018) – In less than one month, the 37th annual Toad Suck Daze festival will kick off in downtown Conway. Organizers say that they’re ready to throw a bigger festival for broader group of Arkansans.
“Last year we set revenue and attendance records, launched a number of new promotions, and welcomed new sponsors,” said Brad Lacy, president and CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. “This year we’ve challenged ourselves to improve visitor experience and to make Toad Suck Daze more regional. The 2018 Toad Suck Daze will be the best of festival traditions mixed with new partnerships.”
Friday night entertainment will feature chart topping country group LANCO. Their 2017 single “Greatest Love Story” went No. 1 as did their debut album “Hallelujah Nights.” Saturday night brings five-time Grammy winner and country legend Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives to the stage. Stuart has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 25 years. All festival entertainment is presented by Baptist Health.
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
In January, the Toad Suck Daze Committee announced a partnership with Acxiom, First Arkansas Bank & Trust, the Museum of Discovery and the Discovery Network. The Discovery Network provides high-quality professional STEM development and training opportunities to participating schools. A sponsorship from First Arkansas Bank and Trust has provided Discovery Network memberships worth more than $60,000 to 26 central Arkansas elementary schools.
Toad Suck Tinkerfest presented by Acxiom will turn a downtown city block into an interactive learning environment for kids of all ages. The Tinkerfest area will showcase STEM activities facilitated by area elementary schools. There will also be Museum of Discovery “Awesome Science” shows, a Conway Symphony Orchestra “Instrument Petting Zoo,” PBS Kids characters, and “Kids Shakespeare Improv” from Arkansas Shakespeare Theater.
Other new additions include:
- Free water to festival attendees, provided by Conway Corporation
- The Cherokee Casino “Food Court”
- The Petit Jean Meats Official Hot Dog
Today the Toad Suck Daze Committee presented more than $80,000 in contributions to eight area nonprofits and scholarship recipients at the Thursday announcement:
- Arkansas Preschool Plus - $35,000
- Conway Downtown Partnership - $20,000
- Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre - $3,500
- University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton - $2,000
- Blackbird Academy of Arts - $1,500
- Conway Symphony Orchestra - $2,000
- Red Curtain Theatre - $1,500
The committee also announced $15,000 in scholarships to seven Faulkner County students.
Dr. Spencer Gordy, chair of the Toad Suck Daze committee said that everyone associated with the festival should be proud of not only the financial contributions but the quality of the festival itself.
“It takes a special combination of sponsors, volunteers, and attendees to create this environment and raise this amount money. Our committee is very excited to host families and friends from around central Arkansas for a weekend of fun, food, education, and entertainment.”
About Toad Suck Daze
For more than 35 years, a central Arkansas festival with a quirky name has contributed more than $1.7 million to scholarships, scholarship endowments, preschool funding, and arts education. As Arkansas’s largest festival, Toad Suck Daze attracts more than 100,000 festivalgoers of all ages to downtown Conway the first weekend of May for national and local musical entertainment, food-on-a-stick, retail and arts-and-crafts vendors, and most notably, the World Championship Toad Races. For more information about Toad Suck Daze, visit toadsuck.org.