TOAD SUCK DAZE5 p.m., downtown Conway. Free.
Arkansas's favorite annual family celebration of drunken riverboat crews — who long ago would stop at a tavern outside of Conway, where they'd “suck on the bottle” until they swelled “up like toads” — returns this weekend for the 39th year. Here's hoping it doesn't end up like the 38th, which saw flash flooding wash out all of Saturday's events and muddy Sunday's. If the scattered thunderstorms in the forecast scatter (gulp
), revelers will have an opportunity to ride carnival rides and ponies, lose sleep in a quest to win “Stuck on a Truck,” scale a climbing wall and, of course, participate in the ultra-competitive “World Championship Toad Races.” In the evening on Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday, there's music in Simon Park. Memphis-based Christian hard-rockers Skillet
(9 p.m.) lead the way on Friday. Saturday, Arkansas's rising country-rock standouts Riverbilly
(7:30 p.m.) open for bona fide country superstar Clint Black
(9 p.m.). Sunday, Southern gospel star Jason Crabb
(3:45 p.m.) headlines. Check out the complete schedule at toadsuck.org