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Gold Panning Parade Day in Taylor

First time since 2019 and the weather looks good!
It's back! For the first time since 2019, the World's Gold Panning Championships in Taylor will have a parade. It begins at 6:30.

After being sidelined for two straight years by the pandemic, the World's Invitational Gold Panning Championships in Taylor will have its parade back.

It will form from just outside of the District of Taylor community complex and wind its way south on 100th Street past the hotel to 107th Avenue and return north on 101st Street to Spruce Street South, eventually ending up back at the community complex.

Start time is 6:30.

While the parade is the only activity on the schedule Friday, it will open up two full days of events Saturday and Sunday down at Peace Island Park which includes four levels of competitive gold panning, a medal detector challenge, and a fun claim staking contest.

District recreation manager Sherri Maycock is making a few suggestions for those planning to attend.

"Definitely, bring a hat or ball cap. Sun block is another good thing, especially for the kids," she adds.

"Maybe a sweater if it cools off."

Unlike in years past, organizers this year weren't able to get an on-site ATM banking machine set up and are asking you bring cash before you make the trip down.

Anything else?

"Bring your competitive edge," jokes Maycock.

The championships began in 1972.

This year will be 50 years since its inception.

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