I have approached a few people / places with the idea of starting up new gold panning events here in the Southeastern United States. Gold Panning is a lost art... my goal for nearly three decades has been to promote gold panning as an art, skill and spectator sport and its impact on the areas that gold has been found. Starting out simply and solely promoting the area in which I live, Dahlonega, I quickly realized how many panning events are out there in the world... which is why I created this website. For the past five years or better I have noticed a decline in interest as well as participation in such events as gold panning and panning championships.
To help generate more interest as well as participation (at least for now in my area, expanding later) I have decided to create:
"The Southeatern Gold Panning Championships"
This championship will be composed of, but not limited to, the 6 southernmost "gold states" of the southeastern US including Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
My goal is to set up individual State Competitions in the above mentioned states. These events will be held in the spring, each on a different weekend for those who wish to travel to each. The winners of each state will be awarded free entry to Southeastern Gold Panning Championships which I am proposing to schedule in late summer, each state taking turn playing host. The top three placers of this event will be awarded free entry to the World Open Championships held in Dahlonega, GA in October of each year.
In order to accomplish this goal I need your help. I am now taking nominations for each state to play permanent host of these competitions. Because the World Open has a different set of rules as most competitions (strict guidelines as set forth by the Guinness Book of World Records) I am inclined to set up each contest on the same rules, regulations and materials used as the World Open. This gives experience to those graduating from State to Southeastern to World.
Any suggestions or comments on this proposal greatly appreciated. (E-mail link below)
As always thank you for your support of the art of gold panning. - Johnny