Posted Date: 05/03/2019
The Toad Suck Daze festival attracts an estimated 160,000 visitors each year. Notable attractions at the event include music, arts and crafts, a variety of food, carnival rides, and toad races. For these races, visitors enter toads that they have brought from home or that were bred in the community for this purpose. The festival raises money to give educational scholarships to Faulkner County citizens. Over the past 28 years, the Toad Suck Daze committee has given over US$1 million in scholarships and toward scholarship endowments.
First organized in 1982, the festival is held annually in downtown Conway, Arkansas, during the first weekend in May. Originally held in Toad Suck at Toad Suck Park near the Toad Suck Ferry Lock and Dam, the festival was moved to the downtown location in 1990 due to flooding at the river, and it has remained in the downtown area ever since. The festival is run by volunteers from Conway and Faulkner County, including the local police and fire departments.
Each year, our Westside students get to participate in the Toad Suck Daze events by racing toads at school. Students race their toad against their classmates, and then grade with the winning toads in each grade competing for the overall school winner! The winner then gets to represent our school at the annual Toad Suck race!