Toad Suck Daze
Toad Suck Daze keeps Conway hopping the first weekend in May.
Toad Suck Daze is the largest, free-admission, family festival in the state and arguably the most anticipated event in Conway. The festival spans three days during the first weekend in May and attracts more than 160,000 people to downtown Conway each year.
Toad Suck Daze has activities for the entire family - including arts and crafts, carnival rides, and local and national entertainment - as well as all the food-on-a-stick a person could eat. A "Toadal Game Zone" interactive gaming tournament, a 5K/10K run or walk, and a "Tour de Toad" bicycle race.
Although it is widely known for food and fun, the primary goal of Toad Suck Daze is to raise money for education initiatives in Conway and Faulkner County. Since the Toad Suck Daze Community Service Scholarship Program began in 1982, it has raised more than $1.3 million for area education initiatives and has awarded more than 220 individual scholarships. Each of Conway's three higher education institutions has endowments established with proceeds from the festival. The Conway Community Foundation GetSmart Endowment now generates approximately $20,000 in scholarships each year. And beginning in 2012, excess revenues from the festival proceeds were used to launch and early childhood education program.
Toad Suck Daze is an event of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and is organized almost exclusively by volunteers from Conway and the surrounding area, including the local police and fire department. Within the past year, the family festival has won multiple awards locally and internationally.