I am sorry to report that the annual FOR Gear Swap at Henningsen Lotus Park has been CANCELED September 9th-11th, 2016.
The 2016 World Gold Panning Championships
Gold week is occurring September 11 to 18, 2016. Activities are planned in Placerville, Coloma & Georgetown.
The El Dorado County Fairgrounds is the center of the 2016 World Gold Panning competition. It is being transformed into a continuation of the gold rush that started in 1848 when James Marshall discovered gold in the tailraces of his lumber mill, just a few miles away in Coloma, along the South Fork of the American River. This discovery lead to the world migration of individuals to California to seek their fortunes. Now the world returns again!
Competitors will be panning native sand and gravel to find placer gold in record time! It’s a gold panner’s dream to win a GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE medal in a World Championship Competition.
Many years ago the magic of the American River put a spell on some friends who were river guides and loved to play music. The spell cast the crazy notion to create a music festival to be held throughout the friendly river community of Coloma-Lotus.
The spell hasn’t lifted!
Welcome to the 10th Annual American River Music Festival!
September 16th-19th, 2016