SUPERIOR — The festivities at the 30th annual Apache Leap Mining Festival kicked off Saturday morning with a parade leading into a day of events and entertainment.
According to Superior Chamber of Commerce President Sue Anderson, it was the largest crowd the festival has ever had on Saturday, although Sunday’s attendance was down, in part because of rain in the weather forecast.
The skies cleared before the festival though, so those who showed up enjoyed sunny, but cool, weather.
Winners of the mining contests were as follows: sawing: 1st, Chris Liddle, 16.22 seconds, 2nd, James Verbois, 16.63, (engineering students from the UA School of Mining); spiking: 1st Carlos Martinez, 51.37, 2nd, Chris Allison, 54.12; mucking: 1st, Adrian Armijo and Abraham Torres, 39.34, 2nd, Jesus Gonzalez and AJ Quiroz, 39.44; and drilling: 1st, Carlos Martinez, 41.47, 2nd, Chris Allison, 44.56.
The overall winner was Carlos Martinez, 162.50 seconds.