Barry Scott claims first gold panning title

Barry Scott found himself Class A golden at this year’s World Invitational Gold Panning Championships in Taylor.

Scott’s 24-point finish was good enough to earn him his first championship title here since he started competing with his family some 28 years ago.

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“Shaking inside. It feels really good,” said Scott, who lives in Slave Lake.

“I’ve been after that belt buckle for a long time.”

Scott found 15 flakes in 181.54 seconds in the first round of the event, and found five flakes in 152.25 seconds in the second round. In the speed round, Scott found gold nugget in a personal and tournament best time of 9.22 seconds.

Scott kicked off the speed round first, just as he had hoped. If you can score seven points in the each of the first and second rounds, and start the speed round with an impressive time that's tough to beat, there's a good chance of scoring the full 10 points of to bump you into first place, he said.

"That sets the tone," he said. "These guys are so good that I'm fortunate to win today."

Scott, who has previously won the Class B event, was joined in the Class A event this year with his wife Becky, daughter Alicia, and father Rod.

Becky finished in fifth place, Alicia finished 10th, and Rod finished 15th.

"We look forward to this every year," Scott said.

Full results:

Class A:

  1. Barry Scott
  2. Michael Gunderson
  3. Dave Coupland

* Most Sportsmanlike Trina Barrette

Class B:

  1. Megan Giebelhaus
  2. Cameron Argo
  3. Terry Beaton

Class C:

  1. Jim Kittle Sr
  2. Andrew Argo
  3. Jim Kittle Jr

Juvenile open:

  1. Aurora Davis
  2. Jennifer Finnie
  3. Jenna Wigglesworth

Class C juvenile:

  1. Louella Barrette
  2. Rhys Tyrer
  3. Carson Freeman

Metal detecting adult:

  1. Frank Gejdos
  2. Rod Scott
  3. Dave Coupland

Metal detecting juvenile:

  1. Hunter Smiley
  2. Tangaroa Field
  3. Jennifer Finnie

All out pan out:

  1. Chris Kuchmak
  2. Terry Beaton
  3. Michael Gunderson


  1. Rob Fraser
  2. Larry Evans
  3. Raven Pruden

Claimstaking adult:

  1. Matt Totusek
  2. Rod Scott
  3. Michael Barrett

Juvenile claimstaking:

  1. Louella Barrette
  2. Olivia Flavelle
  3. Kale Kocher


  1. Sheena Taillefer and Edward Albury
  2. Crystal Novak and John McNaughton
  3. Jennifer Finnie

Parade Commercial:

  1. Hans On Mechanical
  2. Great Canadian Oil Change
  3. Enbridge Fire Department

Parade Non-Profit/Public:

  1. Brian Folk
  2. Mower Mayhem
  3. Shriner's

Parade Government:

  1. Taylor Fire & Rescue
  2. Mayor Rob Fraser
  3. District of Taylor

Parade Animals/Livestock:

  1. Shane Wagner
  2. Dale Klassen (Chambers Farm)
  3. Dustin Chambers (Chambers Farm)

Parade Childrens:

  1. Pratt Honey Wagon
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