Treasure hunters and hobby prospectors alike from across the Carolinas will descend on the Reed Gold Mine for the The 28th Annual Pan-O-Lympics (aka North Carolina Open Gold Panning Competition).
The event will take place this coming September 9th, according to a press release from the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
Gold panners of all ages will compete for the highest quantity of gold found in the shortest time frame along the historic Little Meadow Creek, which was were the first gold discovery in US history.
Entry fees will be $15 for the professional category and $5 for anyone in the amateur category.
Pros are contestants who have competed the prior two years.
The mine will allow for some practice time in the morning before the competition gets underway at 11am.
Profits from the event will go toward the Reed Expansion Committee, a group dedicated to preserving and promoting North Carolina’s gold mining history.
For more information, check out their Facebook event page here.