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TOAD SUCK DAZE #ToadSuck | @ToadSuckDaze A quirky name and a commitment to education are at the core of Toad Suck Daze. Founded in 1981, the award-winning festival takes place the first weekend of May and provides funding for education initiatives in Faulkner County. The 2015 festival introduced several changes to enhance the festival experience for families with young children, downtown merchants, and festivalgoers as a whole. • Oak Street Galleria: This open-air shopping venue featured high-quality merchandise from upscale boutiques and skilled artisans, attracting customers who would be likely to shop with downtown Conway retailers. • Kids Midway: Rides for young children were separated from the larger carnival rides, resulting in a less-crowded Midway and creating a dedicated area for children’s entertainment. • T-shirt Designs: Multiple T-shirt designs in a variety of colors were available to attendees and fans of the festival. Toad Suck Daze 2015 was also a record year for food sales. 2015 $407,967 2014 $342,449 2013 $264,295 2012 $363,005

Education To date, Toad Suck Daze has contributed more than $1.5 million to scholarships, scholarship endowments, and pre-K funding in Conway and Faulkner County. 2015 Scholarship Recipients Conway High School Jackalyn Barton Kortni Gifford Michael Long Conner Porter Jacklyn Quinit Greenbrier High School Stephanie Battles Mackenzie Crocker Mt. Vernon-Enola High School Kailen Hutchens Vilonia High School Kaydra Francis Reagan Goode

2011 $253,440 2010 $254,611 2009 $96,680 2008 $395,171

Pre-K Initiative Toad Suck Daze presented a $35,000 contribution to Arkansas Preschool Plus. The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and Conway Public Schools developed the nonprofit to support preschool education. 2015 Highlights: • 720 books distributed each month through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that places books in the homes of preschool children • 2 early childhood education centers became partners with Arkansas Preschool Plus, bringing the total number of partner centers to 22 out of 42 sites in Conway • 85 hours of free professional development provided to early childhood educators

Conway Area Chamber of Commerce

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Conway Area Chamber of Commerce 2015 Annual Report  
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