World Gold Panning Championships this weekend in Taylor

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The District of Taylor will celebrate gold this weekend.

The 37th World Invitation Gold Panning event will take place Saturday and Sunday in the district, with the majority of the events at Peace Island Park.

Top level competitors from all over the world will be in the district to battle it out for the Class “A” Championship Trophy. Class “A” panners will compete in three tests designed to measure speed panning, skill panning and fine gold panning. Based on an aggregate point system, panners are assessed penalty points for losing flakes and time.

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The weekend also features activities for the entire family, with an Arts & Crafts Fair, children’s games and activities, steak barbecue, pancake breakfast, horseshoes and more. You can also try your hand at gold panning as lessons will be available.

The entire event starts Saturday with the Parade through Taylor at 10am. See below for a full schedule of events.

Saturday, August 1st

9:00 – 9:45 Parade Judging & Awards Presentation
10:00 Parade Starts
11:00 – 5:00 Arts & Crafts Fair
11:30 – 5:00 Registration Tent Open
11:30 – 5:00 Beginner Demonstrations
12:00 – 5:00 Claimstaking Juvenile & Adult
12:00 – 5:00 "C" Panning Juvenile & Adult
12:00 Opening Ceremonies
12:15 Media Event
1:00 – 2:45 Children’s Activities
1:30 Class "B" Competition
3:00 Juvenile Open Competition
6:00 Steak Barbecue
7:00 Bannock Baking Competition

Sunday, August 2nd

8:00 Pancake Breakfast
9:00 Adult Metal Detecting
9:00 – 11:30 Claimstaking Juvenile / Adult
9:00 – 11:30 Class "C" Gold Panning
9:30 Juvenile Metal Detecting
10:00 – 3:00 Arts & Crafts Fair
10:00 Horseshoes
12:00 Official Welcome
12:00 Celebrity Panning Event
1:30 World’s Invitational Class "A" Gold Panning Championships

Schedule is subject to change

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