Nevada State Mining Championships

Drilling contests have been held in Tonopah since 1902.

We continue that tradition to this day with the Nevada State Mining Championships, held every year during Jim Butler Days. Contestants from all over Nevada and the west compete for silver hammers and shovels and BIG prize money. Some events pay to FIVE places! Winner receives $100 per inch drilled, and cash prizes are also awarded to second through fourth places.

Join us at the Elks Lodge around noon on Saturday, May 25 after the parade for Men and Women’s Mucking and Drilling, Men and Women’s Team Mucking, and Double Jack. Closed circuit TV is available inside the lodge so you can have a drink at the bar while you’re enjoying the competitions. T-shirts available for $25 each. Food provided by the Tonopah High School Girls’ Volleyball Team.

The Youth and Junior events are held Sunday, May 26. Registration opens at 9 a.m.

State Records

EVENT

CONTESTANT

YEAR

RECORD

 

 

 

 

Men’s Single Jack

Tom Donovan

1991

15-13/16”

Most Consecutive Men’s Single Jack Wins

Fred Andreasen

1972-1985

 

Men’s Double Jack

Scott Havens & Steve MacDonald

1998

25-1/6”

Men’s Mucking

Brock Boscovich

1998

1:33.85

Men’s Team Mucking

Matt Decker & Steve MacDonald

2010

0:48.31

Women’s Single Jack

Emma Baker

2018

6-29/32”

Women’s Mucking (1/2 Ton)

Emma Baker

2021

1:26.22

Women’s Mucking
(One Ton) *

Candy Metscher

1980

4:39.00

Women’s Team Mucking (1/2)

Emma Baker & Claire Roberts

2021

0:34.72

 

* First and only year for one ton for
women’s event

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