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2016 World Gold Panning Championships!!

2016panningchampAnother Gold Rush is coming to El Dorado County September 11–18, 2016. The El Dorado County Fairgrounds will look like the gold rush that started in 1848 when James Marshall discovered gold in the tail races of his lumber mill, just a few miles away in Coloma, along the South Fork of the American River. Hundreds of competitors from around the world will join us for a week long competition to see who is the fastest panner. Open to the public and all ages are welcome to compete…hope to see you there!

The El Dorado County Fairgrounds is the center of the 2016 World Gold Panning competition. It is being transformed into a continuation of the gold rush that started in 1848 when James Marshall discovered gold in the tailraces of his lumber mill, just a few miles away in Coloma, along the South Fork of the American River. This discovery lead to the world migration of individuals to California to seek their fortunes. Now the world returns again!

Competitors will be panning native sand and gravel to find placer gold in record time! It’s a gold panner’s dream to win a GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE medal in a World Championship Competition.

MORE INFO HERE

Gem-O-Rama 2016!! Oct 8-9 (Trona, CA)

gem-o-rama_PinkHaliteLedge3Holy smokes this looks like the funnest trip I’ve found so far! Every year in Trona, California hundreds of people gather for the one of the biggest gem hunts of the year. If you like gems and crystals, digging through mud, and generally having a great time… this one if for you! It only
cost $15 – $20 per car depending on what your after and where you dig.

A little excerpt from the Trona Gem Club website:

For many visitors, the pink halite field trip is the highlight of the weekend.

This field trip starts new each year because the field trip area floods each winter.  Any pink halite in the collecting area left behind after last year’s show is dissolved in this water.  The photograph below, looking south from the main road intersection on the field trip, shows the collecting on February 26, 2000.  Clearly, both sides of North-South Road are flooded with no dry surface.lakefeb00

Over the course of the hot, dry summer, the water evaporates from the surface of these ponds, providing an opportunity for salt crystals to grow slowly.  Under these slow crystallization conditions, individual salt crystals can become quite large – up to 2 inches across. READ MORE

VIDEO FROM THE 2013 EVENT 

Gold Panning in Arizona!

apachetrailI found this really cool trip to go gold panning, Apache Trail Tours. First they take you on a 4×4 tour of the dessert, then  they teach you to pan for gold! It sounds like they have some very cool tours, besides panning. If your in the Phoenix area, I would definitely try this out. I think I might book a tour next time I’m in town for apachetrail_goldfingera convention.

From their website: The most ancient highway in all of North America, the Apache Trail flaunts its irresistible beauty with mighty canyons, jagged mountain peaks, and sparkling desert lakes while exuding the flavor and romance of the old West. As one of the most scenic drives in the country, it is also one of the most dangerous. You can enjoy it worry free as our experienced and knowledgeable tour guides weave the trails and tales that make this land so intriguing!

 

Found another gold site in Chicken, Alaska!

chickengoldcampThere’s tons of stuff to do at the Chicken Gold Camp and Outpost in Chicken, Alaska. Guests staying at the Chicken Gold Camp can pan or mine on all of our nearby claims for a daily fee. They allow use of pans, metal detectors, hand sluices, small suction dredges and high bankers (2.5″ max). Their rates are nominal, and you get to keep everything you find! They have had many 1oz nuggets found on their claims. Get you summer plans ready, it’s going to be a busy year in Alaska!

New Gold adventure in Colorado!

goldadventuresllcOk, this one is a little different but sounds very cool. It’s called Gold Adventures LLC.  Retired Air Force Colonel, Randy, will let you use his equipment; and will guide and instruct you for 1/2 to full day excursions. What?! Yeah, I know. Pretty dang cool. His prices are way crazy cheap, so be sure to book your summer trip quick before he fills up!

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