Summer Sizzles in Superior

Magma Royale
The Superior Optimist Club will host its fifth annual Magma Royale, sponsored by Resolution Copper, on August 3.
The fun evening of adult entertainment will take place at the Magma Club and the theme will be “The Great Gatsby,” so dress accordingly.
Magma Royale has become a Superior tradition. This year the event will feature a silent auction, live auction, liquor pull and for extra fun there will be a variety of casino style card games to play.
There will be plenty of chances to win raffle tickets for many great prizes along with many door prizes. DJ Supie Town will also be playing music for the event.
“It’s a fun event and the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Optimists,” Anderson says.
Magma Royale takes place at the Magma Club in Superior, Arizona. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue through 10 p.m.
Suggested donation for admission to the event is $25, which includes a beverage ticket, Magma Royale bucks and appetizers.
Proceeds benefit the Superior Optimist Club and all of the programs that they host or support throughout the year, including Miracle on Main Street and the Honor Roll Banquet.
To reserve tickets, call JoAnn Besich at 520-827-0592 or Jessica Castillo at 520-827-0098.
Prickly Pear Festival
The ninth annual Prickly Pear Festival is coming August 17, and this year’s theme is “All Things Prickly Pear.”
“It was well-attended last year and is getting bigger,” Anderson says.
Running of the Burros
Another big save-the-date event coming to Superior is tentatively called “Run with the Burros.”
“We’re really excited about our inaugural Burro races, coming October 12,” Anderson says. “They do these in Colorado, but they are marathons. We’ll do three to five miles of trails.”
Burro Days in Fairplay, Colo. last year brought more than 10,000 people to the small town. There may not be that many in Superior for this inaugural event but given that Arizona has the highest population of wild burros of any state, it is not out of the question this could become a signature event.
“It’s going to be a big deal and could put Superior on the map,” Anderson says.
Event organizer Monique Wylde Williams envisions a series of similar events throughout the Copper Corridor.
“They’ve been doing this in Colorado for 70 years, so it might take some time to build it up,” she said. “You can’t help but smile at these events: The people are cool and fun, and the burros really seem to like it.”
Williams adopted a rescue burro, Luna, a few years ago and fell in love with the stout equines.
“Burros are like the dogs of the equine world,” she said. “They’re really wonderful animals and I’m mad that nobody ever told me just how cool they are.”
Burro photo courtesy Diane Notarianni.