With the official opening of the Toad Store Friday morning, event organizers were hopping with joy at the announcement of a new competition coming to the festival.

Arvest Bank and Crain Buick, GMC, Kia are co-sponsering a new athletic competition called the Arvest/Crain Toad Suck Challenge, which will involve an inflatable obstacle course and cash prizes.

"It’s a large military obstacle course," said Lori Melton, Arvest central Arkansas vice president of business development. "It’s inflatable. If you’ve seen the TV show ‘Wipe Out,’ it’s going to be along that line. It will have a water feature. Since we don’t have a body of water it won’t be exactly like ‘Wipe Out,’ but it is a large military-style inflatable with rope swings and climbing walls."

The competition will be set up on Oak Street between Court and Chestnut streets.

There will be multiple categories including individual political, individual media and individual nonprofits where people who fit in those categories will compete for trophies and cash prizes.

There will also be categories for individual males and females and corporate teams. There will be three age categories for the individual competitors.

Additionally, there will be the Daze Dash, which is an open individual category with a $5,000 cash prize.

"The fastest time will win $5,000," Melton said. "To qualify for this, you’ll register at all Arvest Bank locations in Central Arkansas, all the Crain locations in Central Arkansas and we have www.toadsuckchallenge.com and by phone [at 501-513-4544]."

The competitions will take place 4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday of Toad Suck Daze weekend.

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