TAYLOR, B.C. – The World’s Invitational Gold Panning Championships are happening at Peace Island Park this weekend.
The championships will see residents along with certified professionals pan for the prized mineral in seven different classes. The gold panning classes are shown below:
- Class A: Certified Professional
- Class B: Non-professional
- Class C: Adult
- Class C: Juvenile
- Media: Celebrities/Sponsors
- Claim Staking: Adult/Juvenile
- Metal Detecting: Adult/Juvenile
- Juvenile Open: 14 and under
Entry to the contest costs $25 for class “A”, $15 for class “B” and $5 dollars or less for any event below class “C”. Residents looking to participate can sign up on the day of the competition at 10:00 a.m.
The competition starts at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday with the celebrity media sponsor round and finishes at noon on Sunday with the Class “A” championship. Once the competition concludes there will be an awards presentation with the top panner receiving a belt buckle and cash prize.
Also featured at championships will be the Gold Pan Parade at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, a pancake breakfast at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday and arts and crafts fair at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.