Children's excited squeals filled Pompe Park on Tuesday as they were on the search for the city's fastest toad.

"Where can we find the toads?" 4-year-old Natalee Craig asked her dad while her companions, 9-year-old Natiliee Barrix and 8-year-old Taylor Craig checked under rocks in the park's creek.

The three girls all plan to race toads for the first time at this year's Toad Suck Daze festival, which kicks off Friday and continues through Sunday.

Another newbie to toad racing, 9-year-old Taevon Spears donned rubber boots as he diligently searched the area for the elusive toads. Spears held the signature toad box provided to all toad seekers by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the annual round up and ensuing festival.

Zachary and Zoe Dupins, ages 9 and 6, covered quite a bit of ground in a short period trying to find the most logical place to find a toad.

"We're trying to get down here," Zachary said as he and sister carefully hiked down to the water. "It looks pretty good."

Toad Suck Daze festival proceeds benefit area schools with $60,000 going to 26 elementary schools in various counties throughout central Arkansas.

For more information about the award-winning festival, including a full schedule of events, visit