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A great day for toads


After an unseasonably cold, wet start to May, the sun made an appearance yesterday and the temperature warmed enough for a light sweater to suffice outdoors. My husband and I were unable to resist making the 25-mile drive to Conway, Arkansas to peek in on the 32nd annual Toad Suck Daze festival. A free-admission event that has raised over a million dollars for local education projects, Toad Suck Daze is a three-day festival offering carnival rides and games, music and other entertainment, arts and crafts and other wares for sale in booths, lots and lots of food vendors — and the famous toad races.


It was a beautiful day for an outing, and we had a great time. When our kids were young, they enjoyed the rides and games at the festival, but hubs and I like people watching and chatting with vendors — not to mention savoring all the yummy aromas coming from the many food stands. I’ve always thought carnival food smells even better than it tastes.






There were plenty of things to do and see to entertain all ages. Some a bit distracting for a romance writer …


But, I digress.

The highlight of the day for us, as always, were the toad races. The Toadmaster led off with a rousing rendition of the Toadie Woadie Dance:


Followed by the thrilling toad races:

Waiting for the signal
Waiting for the signal

Get ready ... get set ... Toad!

Looks like a winner!
Looks like a winner!

As always, John and I had a great time at the Toad Suck Daze festival, a fun day for a great cause. Now it’s back to work, but maybe I’ll be humming “Do the Toadie Woadie” while I write today.

Cheering on the toads!
Cheering on the toads!


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