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1996 Toad Suck Daze brochure photo
1996 Toad Suck Daze brochure photo

Toad Suck Daze

A yearly celebration of local culture and history held in Conway the first weekend in May. The name is taken from a colorful phrase coined during the heyday of steamboats on the Arkansas River. It was said of the boat captains and crews that, while passing the time at the local tavern until the water level was high enough to pass, they would "suck on the bottle 'til they swell up like toads." Today the festival's theme is toads, with a toad race called Jump for Education, a Toadmaster, a Toad Dome, and a 20-foot inflatable toad. Other events include music, arts and crafts, a business and professional exposition, races, dancing, and a firemen's competition. Text, photographs, a video, and brochures provide documentation of the festival.

Originally submitted by: Tim Hutchinson, Senator.

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