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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

The Death Valley ’49ers Annual Encampment ~ Nov. 11th – 15th

This November the Death Valley 49ers are putting on their Annual Death Valley Encampment.

Costume Contest

Man, they have a bunch of stuff going on for the weekend. These five days are filled with events including old-time and western-style music, an Invitational Western Art Show, craft shows, golf and horseshoe tournaments, a pioneer costume contest, 4X4 tours, wagon train and horse parades, community breakfasts and our annual Worlds Lowest 1849 Poker Tournament.

Make sure to visit their website (http://www.deathvalley49ers.org/encampment/) to get all the details! And did I mention the contests! There’s a pioneer costume contest, a gold panning contest, and a wheel barrow race. And it’s pet friendly. They even have a “Pampered Pet Parade“.

Gold Panning

 

Gold and Outdoor Festival – Sonora, CA – Aug 22-23

Delta Gold DiggersThe Delta Gold Diggers will be hosting the Gold show this year in Sonora on August 22nd and 23rd. Join them for the whole weekend! There will be two Buildings packed with Booths with live Equipment and Panning Demonstrations. The event will be located right in the Heart of the MotherLoad! Next to the famous Woods Creek that flows right through Sonora. The event is Within a 15 to 30 minutes of GPAA, LDMA and Club Claims; close to Yosemite National Park, Jamestown Railroad Museum and many many other local attractions. Be sure to join the fun as there will be plenty of speakers and demonstrations!

For more information, visit the Delta Gold Diggers website HERE.

2015 Fraser River Gold Panning Championships!!

Coming up quick! (August 22nd – 23rd) This years event will be held at the Anderson Creek Campground in Boston Bar, BC Canada by gold panning champion Yukon Dan! (MAP)

If you want to get there early, there is FREE Gold Panning for all on August 20th & 21st! Gold panning on the Fraser River in Yale from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. All you bring is your boots! Also, August 22nd is “Free” metal detecting for kids 7:30 p.m. All money & one once copper bars found kids get to keep. (must bring own metal detector) Held at Anderson Creek Campground Boston Bar.

For more information, visit Yukon Dan’s website: http://yukondan.com/home.php?page=championships

Travel to Russia this summer for Gold-Panning Championships!

So it look like a small city in Russia is having a Gold-Panning contest this summer. Don’t know if it’s open invitation, but it would be a fun trip! I would love to see how they prospect/pan in Russia.

Some of the story from The Moscow Times:

A general view of MagadanRussia’s mineral-rich Magadan region in the Far East is planning to host its first gold-panning championship this summer, regional authorities said Thursday.

The Magadan region, notorious for its Soviet-era labor camps and inhospitable climate, is among Russia’s top five gold-producing regions. In 2014, 24.1 tons of gold were extracted in the region, a 13 percent increase from the previous year, the Federal Press news agency reported in January.

The planned gold-prospecting championship, in which competitors will race to sift through sand…….. READ MORE HERE

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