That is one version of how Toad Suck got its name. There are other possibilities, such as, it is a corruption of a French term. But the above story is the most popular. When my parents were growing up here, there was a ferry across the river called, of course, the Toad Suck Ferry. These days there is a large lock and dam there, and there are parks and camping spots on each side. A very pretty place actually.
The first weekend in May (which this year starts at the end of April) is our big festival. And yes, it is called Toad Suck Daze. In fact, this will be the 23rd Annual Toad Suck Daze. I personally do not think it would be nearly so successful if it had a boring, anytown kind of name. "Toad Suck Daze is one of Arkansas' largest and most popular music, arts and food festivals, held at Downtown in Conway, Arkansas." There are concerts on Friday and Saturday nights, arts and crafts booths, every sort of food-on-a-stick that you could want, and the ever popular toad races. We even have Toad Queens. (These are not beauty contest winners, they are our version of Sweet Potato Queens.)
This is a great weekend to be in Conway. I invite everyone to come visit and check it out. It will be fun, I promise. And don't forget to buy a t-shirt! We bought our t-shirts early this year and we plan to wear them proudly when we go to Disneyworld in June. Seriously.