Toad Suck Daze will celebrate our 40th anniversary with a "deconstructed" festival. Between the end of April and the middle of June the festival will hold a series of family-friendly live events. You won't want to miss out on all the fun!
Activities include: an Airplane Parade, Tinkerfest, Taste of Toad Suck, Toad Races, a Nature & Science Exhibit, Boom Art with Arkansas PBS, and a Live Concert. Check out all the events below.
Volunteer during any of the Toad Suck Daze events. Thanks to Delta Dental, volunteers will get a free t-shirt
TSD/CENTENNIAL BANK AIRPLANE PARADE
FRIDAY, APRIL 30 / 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Locations: Conway Airport, TGI Friday's, and in the sky around Conway
Toad Suck Daze is partnering with the City of Conway and the Lollie Bottoms Pilot Association to bring back the popular Airplane Parade introduced in 2020. The second-annual event will expand to include viewing areas at the Conway Regional Airport at Cantrell Field (3250 Sand Gap Road) and TGI Friday's (1105 East Oak). The pilots – including the Bulldog Flight Formation Team – will fly all over Conway, so many people will have the ability to view the planes from their homes. A map of the routes and designated viewing locations is available at toadsuck.org.
At the airport, spectators will be able to watch the planes take off and land and can view vintage aircraft on the ground. Planes will take off shortly before 6 p.m., and the air show will last 45 minutes. The Conway Regional Airport is located 10.3 miles west of Interstate 40, along U.S. Highway 60 (Dave Ward Drive) to Lollie Road.
Airport > Cadron Ridge
Cadron Ridge > Conway Town Centre
Conway Town Centre > U.S. 64/Oak & Prince
U.S. 64/Oak & Prince > Ruth Doyle
Ruth Doyle > Padgett Road > Dave Ward Drive
Dave Ward Drive > Lewis Crossing
Lewis Crossing > Lake Conway
Lake Conway > Airport
TSD/TASTE OF TOAD SUCK
FRIDAYS IN MAY / 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location: Rogers Plaza, Downtown Conway
Food vendors will be stationed in downtown Conway at Rogers Plaza on May 7, May 14, May 21, and May 28, serving up some Toad Suck Daze favorites – corn dogs, chicken-on-a-stick, funnel cakes, turkey legs, walking tacos, barbecue, and more. Every Friday, two food vendors will be set up, so the menu will change weekly.
Loaded Spud w/choice of Meat
Jumbo Corn Dos
Deep Fried Oreos
Ozark Candy & Nuts
Gourmet Roasted Nuts
Philly Steak Sandwich
Indian Fry Bread
Sausage w/ Onions & Peppers
SATURDAY, MAY 8 / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: CONWAY CORPORATION
Established in 2018 in partnership with Acxiom, the Museum of Discovery, and the Conductor, Toad Suck Tinkerfest provides hands-on, educational activities that incorporate the elements of the STEAM educational curriculum: science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Admission is free, but advance registration is recommended, as the number of attendees will be limited to ensure adequate social distancing.
TSD/WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOAD RACES
THURSDAY, MAY 13 / 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Corner of Parkway and Main Street, Downtown Conway
The parking lot at the corner of Parkway and Main Streets in downtown Conway will become the site of the 2021 toad races. The Toad Master will kick off the festivities with the V.I.T. (Very Important Toad) Race followed by races that are open to the public. The open toad races will culminate with the World Championship. Advance registration is encouraged for the open races, but walk-ups are welcome.
In addition, the Jump for Education Race, which brings together the winners of toad races held at area elementary schools, will take place on May 13. Every elementary school student in Faulkner County will receive a Toad Toter from their school.
Racers can bring their own toad (frogs are not allowed), or they can race a toad that is provided. During the week of May 10, toads will be accepted at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber staff will release the toads to their natural environment following the races.
Toad Toters Sponsored by:
TSD/NATURE & SCIENCE EXHIBIT
WEDNESDAY, MAY 26 / 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Meadows Office and Technology Park
The Nature and Science Exhibit will take place at the Meadows Office and Technology Park, located at 355 Ledgelawn Drive in Conway. Organized in partnership with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Little Rock Zoo, and the Museum of Discovery, the Nature & Science Exhibit was introduced in 2020 as a drive-thru event. This year, attendees will be able to park and walk through the exhibits, allowing more time for interaction. Admission is free.
TSD/BOOM ART WITH ARKANSAS PBS
SATURDAY, JUNE 5 / 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: PBS Plaza, University of Central Arkansas
Join Croaker, Dazey, and Clifford the Big Red Dog for a day of family fun. In partnership with Arkansas PBS, the event will have family friendly activities and will feature an opportunity to color the 12x30 foot Toad Suck Daze mural.
Admission is free, but registration is encouraged. Register in advance here.
TSD/CHEROKEE CASINO AND HOTEL ROLAND FINALE CONCERT
with JIMMIE ALLEN AND TRAVIS DENNING
FRIDAY, JUNE 11 / 7:30 pm
Location: University of Central Arkansas - Reynolds Performance Hall
COST: $35 general admission; $45 general admission rows A-K
Tickets can also be purchased at the Reynolds Performance Hall Box Office Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Join Toad Suck Daze as we welcome Jimmie Allen and Travis Denning to Conway!
Signed to BBR Music Group’s Stoney Creek Records, platinum-selling recording artist and songwriter Jimmie Allen has already made history as the first Black artist to launch a career with two consecutive No. 1 hits on country radio – the first being his debut single “Best Shot” – which claimed the No. 1 spot for three weeks – and second being his latest single “Make Me Want To” off his debut album Mercury Lane, released fall 2018.
Allen was nominated for New Artist of the Year at the 54th Annual CMA Awards – his first ever CMA nomination and won the ACM Award for New Male Artist of the Year at the 56th ACM Awards. His current single “Freedom Was A Highway” pairs him with Country music superstar Paisley for a breezy, windows down track currently climbing on Country radio.
On July 13, 2021, Allen will publish his debut picture book, My Voice Is a Trumpet, with Flamingo Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers. Illustrated by veteran illustrator Cathy Ann Johnson, the book is a powerful story about speaking up for what you believe in, at any age. For more information, visit www.jimmieallenmusic.com.
A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, singer/songwriter and Mercury Nashville recording artist Travis Denning has been nominated for CMT “Breakthrough Video Of The Year” for his first No. One and GOLD-certified single with the “shadowy” (Rolling Stone) “After A Few.”
Accelerating his ascend from a chart-topping single, Denning also just released his “upbeat, raucous” (American Songwriter) official new single “Where That Beer’s Been,” available at country radio now. Both tracks are taken from his recently-released debut EP BEER’S BETTER COLD that debuted in the Top 20 of Billboard's Country Albums chart.
Denning first made waves showcasing his “future star power” (Billboard) with the release of his Top 40 debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs." Denning was recently nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s Best New Male Artist. His new single “ABBY” is climbing after four weeks on the charts. Denning’s newest songwriting cut includes Michael Ray’s Top 20 single “Her World Or Mine." For more information, visit www.travisdenning.com.
Cost is $35 for general admission bleachers and $45 for general admission floor. Tickets can be purchased at the Reynolds Performance Hall Box Office Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm or online here.
TSD/TOUR DE TOAD
SATURDAY, MAY 1 - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30 / VIRTUAL
The 2021 Tour de Toad Virtual Ride for Literacy raises funds to increase literacy in central Arkansas, while encouraging a healthy lifestyle through cycling. Here’s what virtual participation looks like for 2021:
Virtual Option 1. Cyclists can pick between one of the three historical routes beginning at the Conway Municipal Airport: a 10-Mile route (Family Ride), 20-Mile route (Intermediate Ride), or a 40-Mile route (Feels like Half-Century Ride). The 40-Mile route is very hilly, and will feel just as challenging as a regular half-century route! The three routes increase in intensity as you go up in miles, perfect for all levels of cyclists. Choose a day and time that works best for you!
Virtual Option 2. You can craft your own route, of any length, and complete the ride anywhere in the world!
Virtual Option 3. You can register for the event and support Literacy Action without actually participating in a ride.
Sign up for your ride here: https://www.bikereg.com/tour-de-toad. All registrations and rides should be completed between May 1st and June 30th, 2021.
All registered participants can pick up giveaways at The Ride May 1st through June 30th, 2021 at The Ride, 2011 Meadowlake Rd #2, Conway, AR 72032; call 501.764.4500 to arrange pickup. Please note that the Toad Suck Daze 5k/10k has been cancelled for 2021, so there will be no IronToad category this year.
All proceeds from the ride support Literacy Action of Central Arkansas.
More information and event updates are available on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TourdeToad
TSD/TOAD SUCK DAZE PAGEANT
SATURDAY, APRIL 17 / UCA
The Toad Suck Daze Pageant is open to both boys aged 0 months to 8 year and girls aged 0 months to 50 plus. There are awards for beauty and Photogenic. Other awards include best outfit, fun fashion, and Grand Supreme. For more information and an entry form click here.
TSD/OMELETS WITH THE TOAD MASTER
SUNDAY MAY 2 / 8:00 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.
OTHER TOAD SUCK DAZE SPONSORS INCLUDE