Panning proves to be golden
MAREEBA experienced gold fever last weekend with the NQMA Gold Panning Championships that were held at Centenary Park on Saturday.
Men and women of all ages had the chance to pan for gold and enter 10 events offering winners cash and other prizes.
The event is held in conjunction with the Mareeba markets each year and was hailed a success once again this year with participant numbers on par with last year’s event.
North Queensland Miners Association president Fiona Abbey said the highlight of the day was seeing kids go through and getting excited about gold panning.
“Every year we have new people who have never done gold panning before place in the event,” she said.
“Vince Macri was one of this year’s competitors who had never done gold panning before and he placed in about three events which was really exciting.”
The open event winner was Ken Wilson who won a metal detector worth $800.
Tess Willies is a veteran panner with a number of wins under her belt and she competed in Mareeba last weekend. She is also still an active miner in the Palmer River.