Gold panning championships kick off tonight with annual parade

Alexander Mackenzie's canoe is the place to be if you're looking to catch tonight's parade in Taylor to kick off the 47th annual world gold panning championships.

The parade kicks off from the community hall at 6:30 p.m. with an estimated 30 floats taking part, with appearances from Mower Mayhem, the fire department, the Fort St. John cruisers, horse-drawn carriages, and more.

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This year's parade route has been adjusted slightly due to construction. The parade will leave the community hall and head down 100 Street to 107 Avenue. From there, it will turn west on 107 and turn onto 101 Street, and head up to 103 Avenue, where it will return to 100 Street and carry on back to the hall.

"The canoe is the best spot because you'll get to see the parade coming and going," said Coun. Dave Lueneberg.

The gold panning championships kick off Saturday at noon with a celebrity challenge, followed by the juvenile, claimstaking and Class B and C competitions. A dinner, bannock baking competition and family campfire jam will be held in the evening.

Sunday features a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by adult and juvenile metal detecting competitions at 9, a church service at 10:30, and the Class A championships at noon. 

"Everyone is welcome," Lueneberg said.

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