Panners of all skills and ages are invited to join this event that is based on a combination of efficiency and speed. This open competition celebrates Yukon’s heritage as well as the mining industry that still thrives today!
7 categories are run through the day and there’s sure to be one that suits your ability level. Skill levels range from those who have never held a gold pan in their hands to those who make a living mining. From beginner to professional, each category rewards a first, second and third place- all participants get to keep all the gold they find! Check out the last year’s schedule here to get an idea of the timing, and don’t miss out on the exhibitions planned between panning!
How the event works:
– Panners are given an equal amount of dirt in a container (usually a pan or bucket’s worth).
– Each container of dirt contains Five (5) to Twelve (12) gold flakes- as small as a grinded piece of pepper!
– Each participant is given the same amount of flakes per categories.
– Each participant is not told and does not know the amount of flakes in their category.
– Panners pan out their container until they find gold (hopefully).
– Gold is transferred to a vial.
– Vial is shown to a scrutineer.
– Scrutineer and panner confirm amount of gold
– For each piece of gold missing from original container of dirt, panner is penalized three minutes
– Winners of categories are determined by final time (Final time is a combination of time completed container and penalty minutes added)