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Surprise is located in Maricopa County just west of Phoenix between Wickenburg and Sun City along US Highway 60 near the Agua Fria River and Lake Pleasant. The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 14,849, an increase of 7,727 since 1990.

Surprise is part of the Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona metro area.

Surprise was founded in 1937 by Homer C. Ludden, a Glendale real estate developer and state legislator. The area was subdivided into low-cost home sites for the areas agricultural workers. Ludden named the area after his Nebraska hometown.

Even the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers decided to take up residence here. The once-sleepy square mile farming community surprised just about everyone in 2001 when it successfully courted the two teams away from their Florida training homes.

Throughout the 72-square-mile city, luxury apartments, churches, gas stations, restaurants, grocery and drug stores, are spotted every where.

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National Festival of the West Scottsdale AZ March21-24 Nation Festival of the West is the country's largest celebration of the Old West and the American Cowboy.
Arizona Renaissance Festival Apache Junction AZ March30-31 In addition to village street and pathway events, the Festival has twelve stages of ongoing shows performing every half-hour. From the daily opening ceremony to the closing cannon shot, every Festival minute and every Festival acre is filled with mirth, merriment and marketplace exhibitions.
Marana Main Street Festival Marana AZ April6 Located downtown at Marana Main Street and Civic Center Drive, between the Marana Municipal Complex and the Marana Health Center. There will be: Kids activities, Entertainment, Food, Vendors, Bed races, Concert (Saturday night), Pancake breakfast (Sunday), and RV boondocking (Friday-Sunday).
10th Annual Polish Festival Phoenix AZ April13-14 Authentic Polish food, beef, raffle, live entertainment, fun activities for kids.
Prickly Pear Festival Superior AZ August24 The historic copper mining town of Superior hosts a new prickly pear festival featuring a morning “how to pick and juice ‘em” class by Jean Groen.