March 15th through March 17th the Superior Chamber of Commerce presents the 31st Annual Apache Leap Mining Festival, a unique event that is beloved by locals and visitors alike. Activities will include a parade, carnival, live entertainment, and opportunities to learn about mining and Superior’s rich history.
On Friday evening, the festival will launch on Main Street with the carnival, vendors, music and a Friday night “Miners Rock……and Roll” theme! Attendees are invited to dress for the Rock and Roll era and take a stroll down memory lane as they kick up their heels with ’50’s and ’60’s music. This year’s festival will celebrate and honor the hard rock miners who worked in the smelter. Sadly, Superior’s iconic smelter stack was removed due to age and condition, but it remains in the hearts of many of the town’s residents.
Saturday begins with the parade, followed by hilarious Chihuahua and small dog races. Don’t miss the mining competition, in which men and women compete to win the $3,000 purse by performing the grueling activities of sawing, mucking, spiking and drilling. Less strenuous options include rock painting for a project called Superior Rocks. Younger members of the family will enjoy the Kid’s Zone, where they will learn about mining and pan for pennies. After a full day, attendees can relax and enjoy a cold beverage from the Blasting Zone Beer Garden, watch the Samba dancers and dance in the streets to the music of Sol Deville. Sunday brings Mariachis, Folklorico dancers, a guided hike and lots of “hands-on” fun.
Learn about mining and Superior’s history. Representatives from mine companies will be eager to share information about the many types of mining, and speakers will present the “History of the Smelter,” a fascinating show describing the processes of mining in the past. In addition, historian speakers will share captivating mining stories of the area. Jack San Felice will talk about the little-known Woodbury Copper Mine that was in the vicinity of Florence and the Superstition Mountains. A storyteller shares her story about the Town. Enjoy an interactive presentation by Wildman Phil, who will perform with his desert reptiles and choose brave members of the audience to assist him!
This one-of-a-kind event is free to the public, with the exception of vendors, the carnival and the beer garden. Festivities will run from 5-11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. The Superior Chamber of Commerce is proud to invite visitors to “Discover Superior—a well-kept secret of an amazing little town."
The Chamber of Commerce is located at 165 W. Main St., Superior, Ariz. For more information, call 520-689-0200 or follow us on Facebook and see schedule updates at www.superiorarizonachamber.org.