World Gold Panning Championships this weekend in Taylor

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.

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

Sunday, August 2nd

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

Schedule is subject to change