Stuck on a Truck will return to the Toad Suck Daze festival this year in Downtown Conway, beginning on Thursday, April 30, and ending sometime four or more days later.
The event will take place at the corner of Oak and Front streets, adjacent to Centennial Bank’s Toad Suck Station Branch.
Contestants will keep their hand on a 2009 Ford F150 pickup. The last contestant “stuck on the truck” will win the truck.
The sponsors for the event are: Centennial Bank, Smith Ford Inc., Duncan Outdoors, Log Cabin Democrat, McDonald’s of Conway and Greenbrier, The Point 94.1 radio station, Trinity Development, Freyaldenhoven Heating and Cooling, Conway Collision Center, Colton’s, Lawson Farms, Conway Title, Wireless Advantage-Cricket, The Computer Works, Luxury Pools & Spas and Arkansas Carpet Outlet.
Sixty qualifiers will be selected from registration boxes at the following locations: Centennial Bank (all locations in Faulkner, Conway, Cleburne and White counties), Smith Ford, Duncan Outdoors, Log Cabin Democrat, McDonald’s (Conway, Greenbrier and Maumelle locations), Just T’s N, Randy’s Athletics, High Point Park Apartments, Wireless Advantage – Cricket (two Conway locations), Freyaldenhoven Heating and Cooling (Conway and Morrilton), Conway Collision Center, Colton’s (Conway location), Conway Title (Conway and Greenbrier locations), The Computer Works, Twin City Bank (all locations in Pulaski County), and Community Bank (recently changed to Centennial Bank-all locations in Lonoke and White counties).
Contestants will be given a five-minute break each hour and a 15-minute break every six hours, making this a true endurance test. No sitting, squatting or leaning will be allowed.
Here’s a recap of the past events:
2001 – The first event was called “Hug a Bug” and the giveaway was a red Volkswagen Beetle. Sixty-five hours and 14 minutes from the start, Phillip Toll of Conway, won the keys to the brand new bug.
2002 – The name was changed to Stuck on a Truck and the grand prize was upgraded to a Ford F150 pickup from Smith Ford. The new prize put a surge of interest in the contest and it took 91 hours for Greenbrier’s Rebecca McGuire to claim victory.
2003 – To keep it all in the family, Jacob McGuire entered the 2003 event with his mom as lead pit crew chief. Many doubters thought a young guy like Jacob wouldn’t have a chance, but 85 hours later he proved that success was in the genes and he drove away with the new truck.
2004 – David Gwatney of Conway proved to his family he was a “Ford Truck Man” and won the contest in 79 hours. Gwatney held his cool for the entire time.
2005 – Even though he really didn’t know where he was, Frankie Heifner of Conway won the truck in 85 hours and 26 minutes. He still drives the shiny, red Ford today.
2006 – With a huge crowd watching Shane Cauthen of Vilonia came out of the contest unscathed and won in a time 87 hours and 46 minutes.
2007 – A new record was set when Danny Alford fought off Dena Kemp who donned a blue Mohawk for motivation. The winning time was 98 hours 48 minutes.
2008 – Mark Scroggins used a year of previous experience to head off a tough competitor in Kevin Cauthen (brother of the 2006 winner). His winning time was 85 hours, 5 minutes.
Added last year and continued in 2009 is a philanthropic part to the event. Each contestant will represent a United Way charity. On-lookers can “vote” for their favorite contestant by making a donation to that charity. The contestant with the most votes, wins a prize. Last year’s event raised almost $4,000.
More information may be found at www.stuckonatruck.com.
Toad Suck Daze is in its 28th year and is a premier festival in the state of Arkansas. The festival is free and is a great time for all ages.
The addition of the “Stuck on a Truck” event will be just one of the fun things to watch in addition to toad races and musical entertainment.