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Gold Rush Days @ Julian, CA…THIS WEEKEND!!

I love Gold Rush Days in Julian, heck, I just love going to Julian! The apple pies….hhmmmm ‘dreamy face’. If you live in Southern California, head on over to Julian this weekend, April 7-8. Lots of food and fun. 

Admission is free, but you’ll need tickets for the activities. Some of which will be:

  • Hayrides
  • Farm Animal Visit
  • Archery
  • Tomahawk Throwing
  • Candle Making

Julian Gold Rush Days, celebrates the discovery of gold in this mountain community and invites visitors to learn more about its history with a weekend of entertainment including gold panning, tomahawk throwing, candle dipping and more. Located at The Julian Mining Company in Wynola, the old-fashioned mining camp will offer re-enactors,, an arts and crafts market, food and drink, a petting zoo, and old-fashioned laundry, free parking and plenty of family fun.

Gold Rush Days

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 

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.

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