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2017 Annual SME Operators' BBQ
Sat, April 22, 2017, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM MST
The University of Arizona's student Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration chapter would like to cordially invite you to our annual Operators' Barbeque. We hold this event every year as a celebration of the amazing mining community here in Southern Arizona. Come on out and join us for food and fun.
Entertainment will include:
- Mine & Facility Tours
- P & H Shovel Simulator
- Lawn games
- Equipment demonstrations
- ...and more!
We will start underground tours of the mine and other entertainment at 11AM. Lunch will happen at 1:30PM, followed by more tours and entertainment if time permits.
This year we will have all the payments made for the BBQ at the door. We will be able to take checks (made out to U of A SME), cash, and credit cards. The prices for the BBQ are:
- $5 for adults
- Free for U of A SME Student Chapter members, U of A faculty, and children under 12
As always, we would love to help your company showcase your equipment, so if you have some cool toys you would like to bring out, please let us know. We will try to accommodate everyone we can, but space may be limited so let us know ASAP.
We hope to see you soon!
The U of A Student SME Chapter
What do I need to bring for the event?
If you would like to go on the tours, please bring long pants (jeans, kapris, etc.), closed toed shoes, and shirts with sleeves. Hardhats, safety glasses, emergency respirators, and cap lamps will be provided. Even if you don't go on a tour, these are still recommended as you will be walking on dirt, gravel, and around large pieces of dirty equipment in the middle of the Sonoran desert.
What are the food options and do I need to specify what I'm ordering?
The lunch will consist of burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers along with various sides and drinks. No, you don't need to specify what you would like as we will have plenty of each option. The only request is if you desire a veggie burger, let the cook know and we'll prepare those as needed.
The mine seems really cool but I'm afraid of the dark/am claustrophobic... Is there an "easy" tour I can go on?
We offer tours around the surface segment of our property and will also accommodate for anyone with fears going underground. The easiest underground tour would be a walk through the adit, or the ground level. You won't have to climb any ladders and there's two easy entrances to go straight in and out. You'll get to experience what it's like to be underground without feeling pressured if you become uncomfortable and need to turn back.
How hard is the full tour?
The full tour will consist of going through several angled ladder segments that leads to our 100 level (100ft. underground) and the 150 level (150ft. underground). There's no deprivation of oxygen, but you may become slightly winded if climbing ladders isn't normal for you. We've had all sorts of individuals come through just fine, old and young with varying physical conditions. Our students will be more than happy to lead you back out at any moment through if you become too winded to continue.