The Academy Sports Countdown to Toad Suck Daze will offer discounts on festival and event related merchandise at four central Arkansas Academy Sports locations. Get your Toad Suck Daze Survival Kits for $19.99 while supplies last. The kits include: a Toad Suck Daze T-shirt, chair, 30 oz. stainless tumbler, poncho & Academy bag.
Join Nabco, MedExpress, and the Toad Suck Daze committee at Pompe Park on Prince (next to Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market), as we round-up toads for the festival.
Kids Crawl, Drag and Squirt
Friday, May 4 | 5:00 pm & Saturday, May 5 | 11:00 am
Organized by the Conway Fire Department, elementary-aged kids have the opportunity to participate in an obstacle course that promotes fire
safety. Friday preliminaries are held at the Central Fire Station located at the corner of Locust and Oak Streets. The finals, held on Saturday, will be located on Front Street. All participants must fill out a release form.
Toad Suck Run 10K/5K and Tadpole Trot
Saturday, May 5 | 8:00 am
The Toad Suck 10K was started by the Conway Kiwanis Club in 1982 and is a sanctioned event of Toad Suck Daze. In 1984, First National Bank (now Regions) began a race in memory of a fellow employee, Randy Baker, who died of cancer. The Randy Baker 8K was conducted for two years, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. In 1986, the Conway Kiwanis Club approached Regions Bank, and the two races were combined. Regions Bank has served as primary sponsor of the race ever since, and each year the Toad Suck Daze Run is held in memory of Randy Baker, with proceeds benefiting non-profit agencies in the Faulkner County community. Today, the Run includes both a 10K and a 5K Run/Walk, a Wheelchair event, a Tadpole Trot for children aged 4-12, and the 10K is a Grand Prix Series Event.
To register for the Toad Run 10K/5K or Tadpole Trot visit www.toadsuckrun.com
AETN Meet the Characters | Sponsored by:
Saturday, May 5 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & Sunday, May 6 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Toad Suck Daze is partnering with Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield and AETN to bring your favorite PBS characters to the festival. This year characters Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Buddy the Dinosaur, and Daniel Tiger. The meet and greet will be held on the Walmart/Sam’s Club Interactive Science Stage.
Kids can join Conway Corp in the Power Zone for hands-on fun with the Conway Corp electric crews and lineman. Check out all the tools the electric crews use to keep power on in Conway.
Mardi Daze Parade
Saturday, May 5 | 10:30 am
Kicking off Saturday, the Mardi Daze Parade is a walking parade through the festival grounds. Groups wanting to participate must fill out a registration form.
Tour de Toad and Iron Toad
Saturday, May 5 | 12:00 pm
The 10th Annual Tour de Toad takes off on Saturday, April 30, at 12:00 p.m. from the Conway High School Field House. (Check-in and registration starts at 11:00 am.) Cyclists can pick between a 25 mile and 46 mile route. This is our third year for the IRON Toad event, where we partner with the Kiwanis Toad Run in the morning. Registration for the run is separate. Those participants that complete any section of the Toad Run
Saturday, May 5 and Sunday May 6
NEW THIS YEAR!
Create, Make, and Play at the all new Tinkerfest. Students from around Central Arkansas will be at Toad Suck Daze with a variety of hands-on activities that engage audiences. These activities engage tools and technology through hands-on and open-ended exploration teaching STEM education. Activities Include: Car Take Apart, Kapla Plank Building, Magnetic Slime and Spin Art, Oragami Toads, Tinker Table, Gondola Zipline, Pixel Posters, and more. In addition, the Walmart/Sam’s Club Interactive Science stage will feature the AETN Character Meet and Greet, Awesome Science Shows, and more.
With places to sit, free water available, and other amenities, this is the perfect place to take a break during the festival. Conveniently located next to the Toad Store.
Looking to cool off during Toad Suck Daze, visit the Hideaway Pizza Misting Tent for a refreshing break.
Hop on over and join the Toad Master for the World Famous Toad Races. For more information on the Toad Dome check their schedule.
Midway and Children’s Midway
Enjoy rides, games, and carnival food in the Midway. This year the midway will be separated into two areas. The Kid’s Midway will be located at the Conway Regional Health System/Caldwell Toyota Toadal Kids Zone. Most rides take between 3 and 5 tickets.
Baptist Health Entertainment on the Conway Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Main Stage
Enjoy live music from local, regional, and national artists throughout the festival. All concerts and activities are free and seating is general admission. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating. Check the entertainment schedule for more information.
Toad Market is an open-air shopping event that includes over 100 booths.
For a list of vendors visit the Toad Market page.
Cintas is the official apparel sponsor of the Toad Store
Visit the Toad Store for all your festival merchandise. The Toad Store is located in Conway’s Old Ice House and has over 150 different items, including the new official Toad Suck Daze t-shirts from apparel sponsor Barefoot Campus Outfitters. To order shirts online click here.
Toad Suck Daze Pageant
Saturday, April 14, 2018
The Toad Suck Daze pageant is held at Hendrix College Staples Auditorium. The pageant includes girls divisions from Itty Bitty Baby Miss Daze (age 0 to 6 months) to Mrs. Daze (ages 21 and up) and boys divisions from Baby Mr. Tadpole (0 to 11 months) to Mr. Toad (6-8 years). There is also a photogenic winner for each division and awards for prettiest hair, smile and best dress. For more information please review the 2018 Toad Suck Daze Pageant Application.