Toadlick Festival Draws Country Acts Randy Travis, Sara Evans
Dothan, Alabama’s Toadlick Music Festival has lined up an impressive array of country music stars to play this year’s three-day festival. Randy Travis, Sara Evans, Trace Adkins and Dierks Bentley are among those scheduled to play the country festival that takes place March 22-24 of this year at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds. But those names aren’t the only star power that will grace the stage in southeast Alabama. Other confirmed performers during the festival’s inaugural year include Billy Currington, Rodney Atkins, Montgomery Gentry, 38 Special, Sawyer Brown, Clay Walker and Blackberry Smoke.
And speaking of names, what about that Toadlick thing? The festival’s organizers had a hunch this question would arise, and went ahead and set the record straight on the official website:
One evening many moons ago, the organizers for the music festival were sitting around trying to come up with the perfect name. We wanted it to be memorable, unique, and fun. All kinds of names were popping up when one young lady hollered “Toadlick”. Talk about silencing the room, that did! We all sat there and pondered it for a while and realized she had indeed stumbled across the perfect name. We all loved it! So here we are and now you know.
The “young lady” that claims responsibility for that “holler” is Hunter Smith, part of the group that organized the festival. Smith tells the Montgomery Advertiser that the organizers see the festival as a way to “give the local economy a shot in the arm.” Toadlick joins BamaJam as one of two country festivals to be held in Alabama this year. Though no lineup has yet been announced for this year’s BamaJam, which is held in Enterprise, Ala., past performers have included Taylor Swift, Alan Jackson and Kid Rock.
One last thing that should probably be noted: the Toadlick website also strongly discourages the actual licking of toads.
Later research revealed that some people have actually licked toads for some unfathomable reason. This trend was featured on the hit TV show “1,000 Ways to Die.” Why? Because someone licked the wrong toad and did indeed pass away. We implore you – do not lick a toad. Ever.