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2022 Gold Panning Championships results

Results from the 2022 World Invitational Gold Panning Championships held July 29 to 31, 2022, at Peace Island Park in Taylor.

Gold Panning Events

Class A:

  1. Brenda Gejdos
  2. Kelly Gejdos
  3. Trina Barrette
  4. Chris Kuchmak
  5. Frankie Barrette
  6. Tyson Gejdos
  7. Garrett Gejdos
  8. Dave Coupland
  9. Mike Barrette
  10. Rob Fraser
  11. Dorri Larstone
  12. Cameron Argo
  13. Michael Gunderson
  14. Rod Scott
  15. Robin Rosborough

Fine: Kelly Gejdos (13 of 15 gold flakes in 116.59 seconds)
Skill: Trina Barrette (5 of 5 flakes in 85 seconds)
Speed: Tyson Gejdos (gold nugget found in 9.66 seconds)
Most Sportsmanlike: Garrett Gejdos

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Gold Panning committee member Sheena Taillefer presents A-event champion Brenda Gejdos with her belt buckle. Gejdos also won, wearing the same dress, in 2014 and 2017. (Matt Preprost)

Class B:

  1. Dorri Larstone
  2. Frankie Barrette
  3. Jonathan Garner
  4. Andrew Barrette
  5. Kim Spealar
  6. Alecia Speagar
  7. Laura Westgate

Fine: Dorri Larstone (12 of 15 gold flakes in 278.75 seconds)
Skill: Dorri Larstone (5 of 5 flakes in 161 seconds)
Speed: Andrew Barrette (gold nugget found in 54.5 seconds)

Class C:

Adult

  1. Keith Lubke
  2. Wayne Schoenenberger
  3. Jean McRae

Juvenile

  1. Luella Barrette
  2. Berlin Barrette
  3. Conlin Barrette
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By finishing first, B-event champion Dorri Larstone was able to move up to the professional A-event championship. Two-time champion Brenda Gejdos, though, would come out on top. (Dave Lueneberg)

Juvenile open:

  1. Frankie Barrette
  2. Jennifer Finnie
  3. Luella Barrette
  4. Reece Wiebe
  5. Blake Froese
  6. Keagan Revoy
  7. Sarah Byford
  8. Chase Wiebe
  9. Madison Froese
  10. Avery Brodie
  11. Justin Shroeder
  12. Conlin Barrette
  13. Maizy Taillefer, Hank Taillefer, Berlin Barrette

Metal detecting adult:

  1. Kelly Gejdos
  2. Frank Gejdos
  3. Hunter Smiley

Metal detecting juvenile:

  1. Maizy Taillefer
  2. Hazel Taillefer
  3. Hank Taillefer
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Taylor mayor Rob Fraser pans for gold during this year’s celebrity/sponsor nugget challenge held July 30 at Peace Island Park. He’d be the first to find his gold. (Dave Lueneberg)

Celebrity/media:

  1. Rob Fraser 
  2. Matt Preprost
  3. Blake Brown 
  4. MLA Dan Davies 
  5. JJ Stewart
  6. Lori Ackerman

Claimstaking adult:

  1. Tyson Gejdos
  2. Robert McAleney
  3. Dave Coupland

Juvenile claimstaking:

  1. Elizabeth Hull 
  2. Keagan Wilson
  3. Frankie Barrette

Bannock:

  1. Robin Rosborough
  2. Barb Dan and Trista Hotte
  3. Garrett and Tyson Gejdos

Parade Winners

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The 2022 Gold Panning Parade rolls through Taylor, July 29, 2022. (Matt Preprost)

Parade Commercial

  1. Hans on Mechanical
  2. Latitude 56
  3. Nels Ostero

Parade Government

  1. MLA Dan Davies
  2. District of Taylor (float)
  3. Fort St. John Fire Department

Parade Community

  1. Julius Ryme
  2. Brian Folk
  3. Lyn Alexander

Parade Kids

  1. Saddle Champs 4-H
  2. Chantel Maycock & Kenna Edgar
  3. Mulligan (Lone Wolf mascot)

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