Gold panning champs converge

Enderby is going for gold this weekend as B.C. Open Gold Panning Championships return Friday through Sunday

Enderby is going for gold this weekend.

The B.C. Open Gold Panning Championships return to Enderby today through Sunday at Riverside Park.

The family-fun orientated weekend is filled from morning to night with games and entertainment for all ages. And it’s an event that draws people from near and far.

“I expect to have people from Alberta show up also for competitions,” said Donna Smith of the Vernon Placer Mining Club, whose members will be in period costume.

“The event starts off on Friday night with metal detecting in the complete darkness,” said Smith.

The public is invited out both Saturday and Sunday morning in the gazebo for pancake breakfasts put on by the Lions Club. Then metal detecting in the daylight begins at 9 a.m. Saturday before the competitions and games for one and all get underway.

“It is a family kind of event, with different categories and ages. All our game prizes are small gold nuggets,” said Smith.

There will also be a raffle (just $1 a ticket) for a half ounce gold nugget.

Bannock baking takes place Saturday evening, followed by live music in a jam session.

“Some of the games are claim staking, pan toss, and gold rush,” said Smith.

Elimination rounds go Sunday with trophies and other prizes in the draw.  Regular draws are at 3 p.m. and competition trophies are given out, then the nugget draw is at 4 p.m.

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