The inaugural firetruck pull event of Toad Suck Daze drew in a heavy crowd while also bringing in more than $1,200 for the Special Olympics of Arkansas.
Four teams — the Conway Police Department, Little Rock Police Department, S7 Tactical and the Drag Queens — each paid $300 to test their abilities at pulling a 25,000-pound firetruck along Front Street. Proceeds raised during the event will go toward the Special Olympics of Arkansas Area 17.
Several Conway Human Development Center athletes were onsite, watching as each team tugged along the 150-foot path.
The friendly-competition drew in several curious passersby, who hopped up to the sidelines to see what this new addition featured at the 37th Annual Toad Suck Daze was.
In the end, Conway police claimed bragging rights after a neck-and-neck battle with the S7 Tactical team.
S7 Tactical's team was first to take on the challenge. In their two rounds, their best time was 27.07 seconds.
The Conway Police Department's team mucked its way up to first place in the second round, with a 23.84-second finish.
CPD spokesman LaTresha Woodruff participated in the Drag Queen's group, a team uniquely comprised of 10 female competitors.
Woodruff said the police department was grateful for the fire department providing one of out-of-service trucks for the event. She also said she was glad to take part in a fundraiser that benefits local SOAR athletes, noting next year's event will only be "bigger and better."
"It was an awesome experience," she said after helping drag the 25,000-pound firetruck along a 150-foot path for a second time.
While the event was exhausting, Woodruff said it was also rewarding.
"Not only did we show we could compete with the guys, we [also] raised money for a great cause with the help from our team sponsor, Pinnacle Energy," she said Saturday. "We can't wait to do it again."
Local athletes hopped in for a toadaly new experience as they also helped pull the firetruck along Front Street during the fundraising event.
Athletes joined in after each team completed its first round.
As SOAR athletes claimed their spot along the heavy-duty pulling rope, CHDC coach Todd Garrett led the athletes and onlookers in the Athlete's Oath.
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt," Garrett, along with each athlete present Saturday, said before dragging the heavy truck along Front Street.
T-shirts were also sold at $15 a piece onsite, with proceeds also going to support local SOAR athletes.
Area 17 Director Darla Jones said she was excited and surprised to see the inaugural event held great success during Conway's annual Toad Suck Daze festival.
"I'm excited to get this on and going in our area," she said. "We're just so thankful for the support [from the community] for all our athletes."
Overall, the Conway Police Department stole bragging rights following Saturday's competition with a best time of 23.84 seconds. S7 Tactical's team was just behind CPD, with a best time of 27.07 seconds. Taking third place was the Little Rock Police Department, whose best time was 25.97 seconds, and the Drag Queens earned fourth place with a best time of 35.61 seconds.