Superior celebrates the 29th Annual Apache Leap Mining Festival

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On March 17th the Festival kicks off at 5 pm with a carnival, vendors, beer garden, DJ Supetown and great music from Bobby Cook and the Ghost Band. Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19th are packed all day with the opening parade beginning at 10 am. on Saturday. (for parade rule and application, please see below).

Top notch entertainment throughout the event. A grueling mining competition with a $2,000 purse! Hilarious Chihuahua races, dummy roping competition, Wildman Phil with his reptiles (maybe you’ll be invited to join him on the stage), food and retail vendors, a handmade crafts market, beer garden, Saturday night street dance and FREE concert, featuring MOGOLLON are all here to make your visit fun and memorable. Resolution Copper unveils the new Main Street mine information center and the Underground Team will be here to talk to you about their role in mining. View the rock and copper display at the Chamber office. Authors and Historian speakers will present stories throughout the weekend. These include Wyatt Earp, Jack San Felice, Carol Schumacher and Marshall Shore, the Hip Historian. New this year: Camping is available at the Box 8 Ranch and shuttle service to and from the event is available. Check the event schedule for details. Need more info? Call the Chamber at 520-689-0200.


165 W Main Street
Superior, AZ 85173

Please note:
ALL ROADS TO SUPERIOR, including US Hwy 60, ARE OPEN and flowing smoothly. Some recent maps have been incorrect. Call 520-689-0200 or 602-625-3151 for more info. See you at the Festival!!

Event Schedule

Noon to close Vendors & handmade craft market
4:00 – 7:00 DJ Supetown (David Sinteral)
5:00 – 10:00 Carnival open
5:00 – 10:00 Beer Garden open
7:00 – 10:00 Bobby Cook & the Ghost Band

10:00 – 10:30 Parade
10:00 – close Vendors & handmade crafts
10:30 – 5:00 Resolution Copper Info Office open
10:30 – 10:00 Carnival
10:45 – 11:00 Opening welcome
11:00 – 5:00 Copper & Rocks info & display
11:00 – 11:15 Parade awards
11:00 – 10:00 Beer Garden open
11:15 – 12:15 Los Changuitos Feos mariachis
12:00 – 1:00 Chihuahua Races
12:00 – 1:00 Wyatt Earp performs “Doc Holiday – the Story Hollywood Never Told”
1:00 – 2:00 Wildman Phil & his reptiles
1:00 – 3:00 Kosmo the Klown strolls Main
1:00 – 4:00 Mining Competition
1:30 – 2:30 OK Chorale
1:30 – 2:30 Historian & author Jack San Felice talks about mining in the Region
2:00 – 3:00 Los Changuitos Feos mariachis
3:00 – 4:00 Historian & author Carol Schumacher talks about the life of mining families
3:00 – 4:00 Trio Salado
4:45 – 5:30 Samba Dancers
6:30 – 6:45 Mining Competition awards
7:00 – 10:00 Mogollon Band

10:00 – 5:00 Carnival open
10:00 – 5:00 Vendors & handmade crafts market
10:00 – 5:00 Resolution Copper Info Office open
11:00 – 5:00 Copper & Rocks info & display
11:00 – 5:00 Beer Garden open
11:30 – 12:30 Hashankehk Traditional Dancers
12:30 – 1:00 Dummy Roping warm ups
12:30 – 1:30 Arizona Ghost Riders
1:00 – 4:00 Dummy Roping Competition
2:00 – 5:00 Angie Gomez & Power Drive
3:00 – 4:00 Marshall Shore, the Hip Historian


To enter, please click here to download the waiver, complete and bring it with you to the Mining Registration table, as instructed above.

Dummy Roping Contest Rules

All participants must register at the Dummy Roping registration table on Main Street by 12:30pm on Sunday.  You may also sign up at the Chamber of Commerce table on Main Street on Saturday, March 18th.  You must also sign a waiver of liability.  If you have registered a child under the age of 18, you, as parent or legal guardian, must sign a waiver on your child’s behalf.

Old Fashion Draw Pot
Upon completion of all registrations, an impartial judge(s) will draw names to establish the order of the event.  Subsequently, the contestant may draw a name of a partner to form his/her two (2) people team.

There will be a half hour warm-up period (12:00 – 12:30pm) before the contest begins.  You may use your own rope or one that is provided.  Three rotating dummies are provided by the Chamber.

Legal Catches
There are five (5) legal catches: slick horns (rope around 2 horns), half head, whole head, 2 feet, and one leg.

Illegal Catches
A rope around a single horn is without merit.  A complete miss will constitute a throw.

Scoring by the judge(s) is final.  The points awarded are:
Slick horns = 2 points
Half head = 1 point
Whole head = 1 point
Two (2) feet = 2 points
One (1) leg = 1 point

If header* missed = no point
If heeler** missed = no point Maximum points per round is 4 points

If a tie occurs, there will be a rope-off (sudden death)

*A “header” is the person who ropes the horns.
**A “heeler” is the person that ropes the hind feet.

Stepping over the chalk line (foul line) before the try is completed will be considered a missed try.

The judge(s) has sole discretion to disqualify a contestant due to unsportsmanlike conduct, including but not exclusive to profanity, fighting, or unduly challenging the judge’s decision.

1. Ropers will rope a dummy provided by the Chamber.
2. At the beginning of the contest there will be one practice try.  No score is kept during the
practice throw.
3. The contestant may receive assistance from a helper in building their loops.
4. A contestant who has started their swing, but has not delivered their rope may stop their swing
and readjust their loop size, spoke, etc. and then continue.
5. The contest starts with a chalk line on the ground.  This is the roping line.  The contestant
cannot cross this line with any part of their foot while throwing the rope at the dummy.
6. Each contestant will throw one (1) loop at the dummy in each round.  The header is to throw
first to spin the dummy around so the heeler can catch the feet. One round is completed when all the contestants roping have finished followed by a second round.
7. All contestants must be at the site of the contest with ropes ready at the beginning of each
8. Contestants must remain in line and be quiet and orderly during instruction and competition of
the event.
9. A contestant who does not exhibit good sportsmanship during this contest can be disqualfied
at any time by the judge.
10. The contestant who is roping is to be given as much room as they need to swing and deliver
the rope.  If during a throw, a contestant is accidentally fouled by virtue of their rope hitting a spectator or another contestant, the contestant who was fouled will be allowed another try.  This will be the call of the designated judge(s).
11. If the contestant crosses the roping line with any part of their foot, the throw will be
considered a miss.  The judge’s decision is final.
12. Fishing is allowed with a 30 second time limit.  Fishing is defined as not immediately pulling
the slack after the throw of the rope.  The judge(s)’ decision is final.
13. The contestant must not remove their rope from the dummy until given the OK to do so by
the judge.
14. The Superior Chamber of Commerce assumes no responsibility for injury or damage to person and/or property.

Pay out
Pay outs will happen at the end of the roping event.
All registration fees will be paid out in prizes with the minimum of $300 guaranteed.

Event rules are based loosely on the rules provided by the STAR Association.

Potential Vendors:

Please print, complete and sign the following attached application and return, along with appropriate fees, to address stated in the application.

Non-food vendors: Please download application by clicking here.

Food vendors: Please download application by clicking here.