Superior to host 27th annual Apache Leap Mining Festival

Superior to host 27th annual Apache Leap Mining Festival
Mucking (Source: Superior Apache Leap Mining Festival)
Mucking (Source: Superior Apache Leap Mining Festival)
Native American dancing (Source: Superior Apache Leap Mining Festival)
Native American dancing (Source: Superior Apache Leap Mining Festival)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Superior is the gateway to the 'Copper Corridor' and will celebrate all things mining in a special festival taking place on March 14 and 15.

There will be several towns present, highlighting their areas.  Visitors will be able to speak with mining companies and learn about copper mining in the area, both underground and open pit. Resolution Copper will explain the mining plan for one of the largest deposits of copper in North America.

The event kicks off on Saturday with a parade, Chihuahua races, a grueling mining competition with a $2,000 purse, and the renowned Navajo Dance Group, Dineh Tah', from New Mexico.  This award winning group has performed throughout the Country and shares their rich cultural traditions through dance and song.

More entertainment includes shootouts with the OK Chorale, Wyatt Earp presenting 'Wyatt Earp, a Life on the Frontier', magic acts, animal acts and more. Try your luck with panning for gold while the  youngsters pan for copper. Sip a beer in the beer garden and enjoy the vivacious Samba Dancers, followed by the headline band, led by Bobby Cook, a Superiorite who regularly entertains in Las Vegas. Kick up your heels and enjoy the Saturday night street dance.

The young, and young at heart, will enjoy the carnival with rides for all ages.  Food and vendors galore.

Superior is just 30 minutes east of Apache Junction at 165 W Main St., Superior, 85173.  FREE except carnival and vendors.  Hours for the event are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hosted by the Superior Chamber of Commerce with Premier Sponsor Resolution Copper Mining.  For more information go online to

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