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The competition will once again feature three classes for participants to compete in, Class “A”, designated for certified professionals, Class “B” for non-professionals and Class “C” for Adult/Juvenile.

Class “A” competitors will be judged in three areas: speed panning, skills panning and fine gold panning.

The weekend will also feature some other forms of competition, such as a claimstaking category for Adult/Juvenile competitors, as well as a metal detecting contest, also featuring Adult/Juvenile categories.

Also taking place throughout the weekend will be a variety of family activities, including a cherry pit spitting competition, a frisbee toss, a petting zoo, horseshow tournament and a delicious root beer chugging contest.

The festivities will begin Friday, August 3 at 6 p.m., with the official opening of the competition set for 7 p.m.

Panning begins Saturday, August 4, with Class “C” running from 12-5 p.m. and Class “B” beginning at 3 p.m.

Saturday evening will also feature a barbeque, a bannock baking contest and a family campfire.

The World Invitational Class “A” Gold Panning Championships will hit the dirt Sunday, August 5, with competition beginning at noon.

Looking to defend his title for the fourth year in a row will be Quesnel’s Scott Rea, who has won the championship division the past three years in a row, and has won the event five out of the past seven years.

The annual competition has been held in Taylor since 1972, and the Class “A” event has attracted panners form as far as Holland, Australia, the USA and the Yukon.

For more details on the weekend, visit the event’s website.

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