Conway, Arkansas was super pumped for its first official US Air Guitar Qualifier. They had the perfect festival for its debut in Toad Suck Daze, joined by over 100,000 party goers and featuring events like the Tricycle Race and several “Very Important Toad Races.” An agenda this impressive deserves an award, but that’s not the record they broke on May 6, 2017.
This is a 100% real event timeline
Their claim to fame came as the result of a snafu in stage change issues that forced their show into happening between the sets of legendary hair bands Great White and Dokken. An honor if you ask any competitor from the professional air guitar circuit, but a challenge to even the seasoned event planner. How do you run a US Air Guitar show in the time it takes Don Dokken to squeeze into his 40 year-old leather pants?
You do the whole damn thing in 6 minutes, that’s how.
Let that sink in for a moment, but not too long – or you might have just missed the Conway Qualifier. From start to finish, the emcee went through a single round of 4 brave competitors, reached out to the judges for a winner and thanked everyone for coming without so much as taking a second breath. If you went to the Porta-John after Great White’s encore, you probably missed the entire Qualifier.
Regardless, it turned out two top-notch performers that will be heading to the Philadelphia Semifinals. We would like to congratulate Joe Dynamite and Flint Dimarco for keeping their cool under pressure and delivering high caliber routines.
Your Conway, AR champion, Joe Dynamite
And to Conway, Arkansas and the Toad Suck Daze Festival, congrats once again. As they say in the movies, “Southern Qualifiers move pretty fast. If you don’t stop and play air guitar once in awhile, you could miss it.”