The Young Professionals of Conway second pub crawl event over the weekend exceeded the group’s expectations.

Chair-elect Gage Jordan said the group had its inaugural pub crawl — where attendees get a $10 wristband allowing them VIP access and other perks as they go to participating downtown eateries — during the Toad Suck Daze festival in May.

Jordan, whose hometown Memphis where social networking pub crawls are common, said it was the first one in Conway’s history.

“Apparently we made history and didn’t even mean to,” he told the Log Cabin Democrat on Friday as the second crawl was about to start. “We decided to test it again in July, outside of the Toad Suck [Daze] bubble. We have surpassed ticket sales already, before the doors even open.”

Around 30 people attended the inaugural crawl and nearly three dozen turned out for the second pub crawl event.

Jordan said more downtown restaurants approached the group to be added to Friday’s pub crawl after the success of the May event.

Crawlers spent 45 minutes at each of the spots, which included JJ’s, Fat Daddy’s, Kings, WunderHaus and Old Chicago.

Some of the businesses offered the group perks — Fat Daddy’s reserved it bar area, Kings set aside its arcade area and WunderHaus allowed the group to come outside of its regular hours and offered special food items that aren’t on its regular menu.

“The point of these events is to build friendships, expand business relationships and have a good time,” Jordan said. “Any time we can connect people and come up with a social networking event, that’s what we want to do.”

The YPC is a satellite group of the Conway Rotary Club. It was founded by and for young professionals in the Conway area. Membership is $120 per year and is open to professionals ages 21-40.

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