Toad Suck Daze to collect funds for tornado victims, starts Friday

CONWAY (KATV) - Despite all the tragedy in Faulkner County this week, the organizers of Toad Suck Daze say the event will go on.{} Some of the event organizers had their homes leveled in Sunday's tornado, and say this will be a good destressor for those dealing with hardship. Crews were busy setting up the main stage, erecting concession stands and putting together the rides for Toad Suck Daze on Thursday.{} The city of Conway already started shutting down streets Thursday night prepping for the influx of people. "The best part of Toad Suck Daze is it's a free festival," said Wayne Cox, event organizer. It will be free for the more than 150,000 people expected to frequent the three-day event.{} Headlining the main stage on Friday is country music band, Sawyer Brown.{} Cox was super excited to announce the headliner for Saturday. "Hold our breath, let's get ready M.C. Hammer - can't touch this," exclaimed Cox. But the event won't forget our neighbors in Pulaski, White and Faulkner counties who lost it all in Sunday's deadly twister.{} White buckets will be placed all over the festival grounds in order to collect donations for tornado relief. "Having 150,000 people in one place, in one weekend gave us a unique opportunity to raise money for those who've been tragically impacted by the tornadoes," said Jamie Gates, Senior VP, Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. Each dollar raised will be split by the Red Cross, Salvation Army and the United Way. "This is a community and county that enjoys coming together to help each other and coming together to have fun doing it," commented Gates. Festivities officially kick off at 4:00 PM on Friday, with craft booths starting in the morning. Melinda Mayo and Chris Kane will be live Friday morning at Toad Suck Daze for more event coverage starting on KATV Daybreak.
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