Superior Home Tour set for Jan. 26-27

If you want to have a great time, see some very special homes and buildings, visit the grave of Mattie Earp, browse an art show and a top quality antique show and listen to live music, join us at the 5th Annual Superior Home and Building Tour, Jan. 26 and 27, 2013.

Not enough to whet your appetite? How about watching the famous Mata Ortiz potters from Mexico, as they craft their beautiful pots? They will explain the process and fire pottery on the spot. Hundreds of pieces will be available for sale, which can add to your collection or help you begin a new one.

Award-winning musician Jim Pipkin will play guitar and sing “sour mash for the soul” music. Historian authors will mesmerize you with stories about the area from years gone by. Want some decadent chocolate? Mary Joseph, “The Chocolate Lady,” will delight you with melt-in-your-mouth goodies.

Superior is a small mining community, nestled at the foot of the Apache Leap Mountain on Highway 60, just 30 minutes East of Apache Junction. Thousands of people drive by and never get off the road to explore the town.

In the 1980’s, when the copper mines closed, Superior fell on hard times. Many folks abandoned their homes and moved on. In the past decade, people have begun renovating these wonderful homes and vacant buildings. Each home is unique and shows the labor of love that the owners have put into them. An artists’ community evolved and their remarkable talents are seen in many homes. You’ll be amazed at what the use of recycled materials and vivid imaginations can do.

Today, Superior is making a comeback. The area copper mines are working multiple shifts and there’s a move afoot to attract new business to the area. We’d like to share our town with you at the Home and Building Tour, Art and Antique Show on Saturday, January 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, January 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour begins at the Copper Gecko, 203 West Main Street.

Tickets are available for the tour for $12, $10 prepaid. All other events are free, a huge added bonus this year. Both the Boyce Thompson Arboretum and the Renaissance Festival, celebrating its 25-year Anniversary, are donating two-for-the-price-of-one passes to all tour attendees. This is a terrific value that will only add to an amazing time as you discover Superior. For more information please contact the Superior Chamber of Commerce at 520-689-0200 or 602-625-3151, or look for updates at

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