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Friday, April 26, 2013

Two Great Central Arkansas Festivals

Get your entertainment fix with the two huge events that begin and end the month of May in Central Arkansas (writes Kerry Kraus).

As it has for the past 31 years, May jumps off to a hopping start with the annual Toad Suck Daze. The 32nd edition is May 3 to 5 in downtown Conway. 

The festival has a boatload of entertainment packed with local and national performers. The schedule begins at 5:30pm on Friday with Handmade Moments followed over the three days by a number of headliners. 

The Toadal Kid Zone is back with activities for children of all ages with puppet shows, music, games, magic and crafts. Over 35 vendors will be selling a wide variety of food. 

The always popular Stuck on a Truck, the Toad Run 10 and 5K, Mardi Daze parade, and Tour de Toad bicycle ride, plus the general and championship toad races are just a few of the other events taking place. This free, family festival has awarded more than $1.2 million in scholarships and scholarship endowments to students in Faulkner County.

Little Rock and North Little Rock’s Riverfest wraps up the month over Memorial Day Weekend: May 24 to May 26. Riverfest is known for its wide variety of entertainment and this year is no different. Local and regional performers are showcased along with headliners such as Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, and Peter Frampton. 

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Family Zone area has free activities including music, Super Retriever Crown Championship Series and other dog-oriented contests, an International Village, a fun run, and more.

The Deltic Timber KidZone area features arts and crafts for children, face painting, finger casting, bean bag tossing, bubble blowing, a rock climbing wall, Chalk it Up Art and vendors. A fireworks display over the Arkansas River on Sunday evening concludes the celebration. 

Click on Toad Suck Daze and Riverfest for details.

For more information about top events in Arkansas take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Arkansas.