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- Seventh Annual Prickly Pear Festival
- - Superior
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The Seventh Annual Prickly Pear Festival hosted by the Superior Chamber of Commerce will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 in the quaint and dynamic mountain town of Superior, Arizona. The festival celebrates all the edible wonders of the Sonoran Desert while showcasing the many products and health benefits of the prickly pear cactus. Along with the festival activities, most of the local restaurants and retail merchants will have special sales and prickly pear items available.
This year’s event will feature a Prickly Pear Foraging hike. Participants should meet at 7 a.m. at the Superior Municipal Airport located on US 60. Hikers should wear long pants and sleeves along with sturdy shoes. They are also advised to bring tongs and a bucket or container to hold the delicious fruits that they pick.
Following the hike, attendees are invited to stop by the Veterans of Foreign War Hall on Main Street for a pancake breakfast featuring a homemade sweet and tangy prickly pear syrup, as well as sausage, pancakes, coffee and juice. The cost of the breakfast is a donation of the attendee’s choice; all proceeds will benefit the local VFW Post.
At 10 a.m., the fun will begin at the Superior Town Hall, located at 199 Lobb Avenue just a block off of Main Street. This restored school, which now serves as the local municipal complex, will play host to many educational speakers on the edible desert, a prickly pear beer-making demonstration, live mariachi music, Mexican folklorico dancers, food trucks, the Prickly Pear Pageant and the famous Prickly Pear Margarita from the Cactus Lounge. The vendors, art show and demonstrations will run until 5 p.m. and the Cactus Lounge will close at 6 p.m.
Superior is located 60 miles east of Downtown Phoenix and is an easy drive on the newly expanded US 60 Highway. For an up-to-date festival schedule, visit our website at www.superiorazchamber.org.