Schedule of Events 2016 World Gold Panning Championships – Wednesday, September 14

by Placerville Newswire / Sep 14, 2016 / comments

by Dina Gentry, Competitor and Media Liaison

Wednesday, September 14 – Competition Begins with Qualifying Rounds

The 2016 World Gold Panning Championships
The El Dorado County Fairgrounds is the center of the 2016 World Gold Panning competition. Competitors will be panning native sand and gravel to find placer gold in record time! Panners from over 20 countries will be competing in categories that include: Juniors, Men, Women, Veterans, Classical Pan, 2-Person Team, 3-Person Team, 5-Person Team and The National Team.

TIME PLUS ACCURACY: 30 competitors at a time will each have a bucket with about 22 to 44 pounds of gravel that has been salted with 5-12 tiny pieces of gold. Competitors will not know the amount of gold in each heat. Each person’s time will be recorded and a 3-minute penalty added for each piece missed.

The competitors in each heat with the best time will keep advancing through quarter finals and semi finals until day 5 (Sunday) where the top 30 in each category will compete in the finals to determine the best in the world.

Schedule of Events for Wednesday:







9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Historic Encampments


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Preliminary Panning Heats

Gold Panning Arena

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Kodak Opportunities with Historical Legends

Forni Frontier Town

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Old West Shootout & Skit

Main Lawn

12:20 a.m. – 1:40 p.m.

Lunch Break – Panning Competition


1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Sarpika Gypsy Dancing Troop

Wells Fargo Stage

1:30 p.m.  – 2:00 p.m.

Snake Oil Show

Wells Fargo Stage

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Old West Shootout and Skit

Main Lawn

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Preliminary Panning Heats Continue

Gold Panning Arena

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Music – Gold Rush Chorus

Wells Fargo Stage

4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Grape Stomp Competition

Wells Fargo Stage

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Music – The Fabulous Liars

Marble Valley Stage

9:15 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.

Music – 120 West

Marble Valley Stage



  • More than 400 individuals and 20 different countries have registered to compete.
  • The grape stomp is still taking entries.
  • The event is free to the public all week, except for Saturday evening. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., there will be an entry fee of $5 to enjoy the live music.
  • Tickets for Friday’s concerts are for sale at Raley’s - 166 Placerville Dr, Placerville, CA 95667. A list of bands may be found in the official program >>


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