Fun Facts About Arizona: Fall 2017

The Arizona State Fair runs October 6 through October 29. It is located at 1826 W. McDowell Road in Phoenix.

Arizona is one of only two states, along with Hawaii, that does not observe daylight saving time.

The Arizona Cardinals are the longest running continuous franchise in the National Football League, dating back to 1898.

The Arizona-Arizona State football rivalry, known as the “Duel in the Desert,” was first played in 1899.

The Territorial Cup, created for the winner of the Arizona-Arizona State football game, has been certified by the NCAA as the oldest rivalry trophy in college football.

Autumn is an active season for rattlesnakes as they find food before hibernating for the winter.

The Grand Canyon University men’s basketball team is named the “Antelopes.” The Antelopes play NCAA Division 1 basketball, and are coached by former Phoenix Suns star Dan Majerle.

Christmas, Arizona is an uninhabited mining community in Gila County. The town was created on December 25, 1902, prompting the name.

Arizona’s White Mountains are a popular destination for cutting your own Christmas tree. Before you go into the woods to cut your tree, you are required to obtain a Christmas tree permit. 

The battleship USS Arizona was named in honor of the state. It was commissioned in 1913, and now rests at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The northern portion of Arizona, including the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff , Sedona and Payson, has four distinct seasons.

The average date for the season’s first measurable snowfall (0.1 inch or more) in Flagstaff , Arizona is November 11.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has been dubbed “America’s Friendliest Airport.”

Prescott has been named the “Best Destination in the State of Arizona for Nature Lovers” by travel website’s Viewfinder travel blog.

The amount of copper on the roof of Arizona’s Capitol building is equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies.

In just their fourth year of existence, the Arizona Diamondbacks won the World Series on November 4, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark (now named Chase Field) in Phoenix, Arizona. 

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25 Oct 2017

By Elaine Earle