Apache Leap Mining Festival to be held March 8-10 in Superior

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The 25th Annual Apache Leap Mining Festival is just around the corner.  This year’s event will take place March 8, 9 and 10 on Main Street, Superior.  

Friday evening the Brown’s Amusement carnival opens, the San Tan Tribute Band will play from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and the vendors will be open with great food and lots of special goodies.  

Why not follow the theme….Discover Superior from Silver to Copper…and join the Saturday morning parade at 10 a.m.? The Ray High School Marching Band from Kearny will blow those horns and beat the drums as the parade comes down Main Street, with Grand Marshal Mike McKee and the McKee family. Call Deb at 520-827-5558 to enter the parade and compete for cash prizes.

The event schedule is packed full of things to do and entertainment with David Sinteral as the DJ. Enter your chihuahua in the races and win money; that is, if your dog can beat three-time winner “Peanut.”  Panning for Copper, watching the Arizona Ghostriders, Wyatt Earp, the Sun City Poms, Wildman Phil and his reptiles, and listening to some great music are just some of the things on the schedule this year.

On Saturday the adults compete in the mining competition for a $2000 purse. Only 25 entrants will be in the contest so don’t wait to sign up.  Every competitor has a chance to win 1 of 5, $50 bills! You’ll find entry forms on the Chamber website, Porter’s Cafe or call Pete Casillas at 520-827-0692. Entry forms are also available at Save Money Market or Porter’s Cafe.

When the sun goes down on Saturday you’ll enjoy the music of the ever popular Angie Gomez and the Power Drive Band.  You can sip a beer in the Beer Garden and dance the night away.

Sunday starts  at 10:30 a.m. with a Pet Pageant.  Dress your favorite pet for the event and strut your stuff!  Forms and information at the new Chamber building at 161 W. Main, as well as the website.  Stick around for the talent show and more entertainment.  The Youth Mining Competition will pay out cash prizes this year, so check out the details on the website and sign up before it’s full.  The afternoon brings plenty of on stage entertainment, face painting, fortune telling and more panning for copper.  The day ends with our own Superior Baile Folklorico dancers, who will steal your heart as they perform.

The Chamber of Commerce is proud to have Resolution Copper as the Premier Sponsor of the festival this year.  Major sponsors include Lhoist, M3 Engineering, Meridian Engineering and Carlotta Copper.  Check out the entire schedule on the Chamber website at www.superiorarizonachamber.org or call 520-689-0200 or 602-625-3151.

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The mining competition is a popular attraction for the annual Apache Leap Mining Festival. (Submitted photos)

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