Beyond the regular festival schedule, there are a number of extra activities leading up to and during Toad Suck Daze that you won't want to miss.
TSD/COUNTDOWN TO TOAD SUCK DAZE
NOW - FRIDAY, MAY 4
Academy Sports & Outdoors will help you countdown the days until Toad Suck Daze. Academy Sports & Outdoors has Toad Suck Daze festival T-Shirts available for free with a coupon. Coupons are available from Central Arkansas David'd Burger Locations.
TSD/CRAWL, DRAG, & SQUIRT
FRIDAY, MAY 3 / 5:00 PM / SATURDAY, MAY 4 / 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.
TSD/TOAD SUCK 10K/5K RUN & 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
TSD/AETN MEET THE CHARACTERS
SATURDAY, MAY 4 / 10:00 AM-12:00 PM / SUNDAY, MAY 5 / 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. Kids will have the opportunity to meet Splash and Bubbles and Duck and Dog from Word World. The meet and greet will be held on the Walmart/Sam’s Club and Conway Children’s Clinic Stage in the Tinkerfest area.
TSD/CONWAY CORP POWER ZONE
SATURDAY, MAY 4 / 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
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. Located in the Toad Dome.
TSD/MARDI DAZE PARADE
SATURDAY, MAY 4 / 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.
TSD/TOUR DE TOAD & IRON TOAD
SATURDAY, MAY 5 / 12:00 PM
The 12th Annual Tour de Toad takes off on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. registration and packet pick-up) at the Conway Municipal Airport. Tour de Toad raises funds to increase literacy in central Arkansas, while encouraging a healthy lifestyle through a fun cycling event.
Cyclists can pick between three routes: a 10-Mile route (Family Ride), 20-Mile route (Intermediate Ride), and a 40-Mile route (Feels like Half-Century Ride). The three routes increase in intensity as you go up in miles, perfect for all levels of cyclists! We also have an option for Virtual Riders to register — ideal for anyone who loves cycling and wishes to support Literacy Action but cannot attend the event.
Sign up for your ride here: https://www.active.com/conway-ar/cycling/races/12th-annual-tour-de-toad-and-iron-toad-charity-bike-ride-2019. Riders must register by Friday, April 12th in order to be guaranteed a t-shirt.
This is the 6th year for the IRON TOAD event, where Literacy Action partners with Kiwanis (www.toadsuckrun.com) to award those that complete the Toad Run and the Tour de Toad ride on May 4, 2019, with a custom medal! Please note: medals will only be awarded to participants of both the Kiwanis Toad Suck Daze 5k/10k and Tour de Toad.
SATURDAY, MAY 4 & SUNDAY MAY 5 / ALL DAY LONG
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 and Conway Children's Clinic Interactive Science stage will feature the AETN Character Meet and Greet, Awesome Science Shows, and more.
FRIDAY, MAY 3, SATURDAY, MAY 4 & SUNDAY MAY 5 / ALL DAY LONG
If you get separated from your friends while at the festival swing by the Arkansas Cancer Coalition Safety Zone. Located in the Centennial Bank parking lot beside Toad Square, the Safety Zone is the official location for lost children. You will find representatives from Conway Police and Conway Fire Departments as well as MEMs Emergency Services, all providing security and first aid services. Arkansas Cancer Coalition will be providing various health screenings.
TSD/BUTCH PATRICK WITH MUNSTER HOT ROD
FRIDAY MAY 3 & SATURDAY MAY 4 / ALL DAY LONG
Meet Butch Patrick from TV's "The Munsters" while at Toad Suck Daze. Butch is synonymous with pop culture and the loveable character of Eddie Munster. Butch, the Munster Koach, and the Dragula Tribute Hot Rods will be located in the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce Plaza by the fountain. Butch and both hot rods are available for pictures and autographs.
TSD/OMELETS WITH THE TOAD MASTER
SUNDAY MAY 5 / 7:00 AM-11:00 AM
Join the Toad Master for an Omelet Breakfast. The event will be held at the Brick Room in downtown Conway. Proceeds from Omelets with the Toad Master will go to funding programs for Milestones Services. The Conway
nonprofit provides early intervention for children birth to 5 years of age, who are delayed or who are at risk of developmental delays due to medical conditions.
TSD/TOAD SUCK DAZE PANCAKE BREAKFAST
SUNDAY MAY 5 / 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
Join the Conway Rotary Club for the Toad Suck Daze Pancake Breakfast at Stoby’s Restaurant. They will be flipping pancakes into scholarships with proceeds of the breakfast going to scholarships for local students.