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Text Box: The Sixteenth Annual North Carolina Open Gold Panning Competition will be held at Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site on Saturday, September 17, 2005. The competition is designed to test a participant’s skill at speed panning and is open to the public.
All participants are welcome! Trophies and prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each division. 
Schedule of the Day
9:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
10:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
Text Box: Rules for Competition
COMPETITION—Panning will take place one contestant at a time. Competing order will be determined by random drawing with defending champion panning last. 
PANS—All contestants will use the same type of pan—14-inch Garrett Gravity Trap Plastic Pans provided by Reed Gold Mine and Garrett Electronics.
NUGGETS—Four pea-sized lead nuggets will be placed on top of each sand-filled pan and pushed down to the first knuckle of the judge’s index finger.
PANNING—Panning will be done in barrels filled with well water. Each contestant must remove all sand leaving the four “nuggets.”  A clean pan is one that has less sand than will cover one bb pellet. 
TIMING—Timing begins when the contestant touches the pan and ends when he/she says “gold.” Three timers will be used and the median time will serve as the official time for competition. Ten seconds will be added to the score for each nugget lost. 
JUDGING—Three judges will inspect contestant’s pans to make sure that the pan is clean and to count the nuggets remaining. The decision of the judges is final. 
Text Box: 9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC 28107
Text Box: Phone: 704-721-4653
Fax: 704-721-4657
Text Box: Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site

NC Open Gold Panning Competition ENTRY FORM



Donation Enclosed



Waiver: In consideration of the acceptance of the entry, I agree to abide by the rules of this competition and agree to accept the decision of the judges as final. I also give permission for the use of my name and photograph in any broadcast or account of this event for any legitimate purpose.

Text Box: All proceeds benefit the Gold History Corporation, Reed Gold Mine’s support group. Donations requested for participation are as follows:

Before September 17		Day of Event

Junior Division   $ 3.00		Junior Event   $ 5.00
Adult Division     $ 5.00		Adult Division  $ 7.00





Parent’s Signature if under age 18

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