Big Thunder Gold Mine is open as usual through the end of October:

  • Masks can be worn for our mine tours, but are not required.
  • We put 2 cap-fulls of bleach in our Gold Panning troughs to eliminate any virus. Gloves can be used if you are allergic.
  • Hand sanitizer is available on-site for anybody who needs it.
  • Indoor and outdoor seating is available at the Big Thunder Bar & Grill.

See you soon,
Sandi McLain

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Join us for Rattlesnake Randy's 2nd Annual Speed Panning Championship

It’s that time of year again!  Big Thunder Gold Mine presents “Rattlesnake” Randy’s 2nd Annual Speed Panning Championship 2016.  The speed panning championship is a great way for lovers of gold panning to come together and show off their skills. 

The 2nd Annual Speed Panning Championship will be held Saturday, September 10th from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

There are three different categories for the Speed Panning Championship:

Adult Skilled – Anyone 18 and older and has entered a previous competition or one who considers themselves a good panner. $15.00 entry fee

Youth – Children 17 and younger. $10.00 entry fee

Beginners – Anyone 18 and older who has never been entered in a panning competition. $10.00 entry fee

As with any championship, there are some rules and regulations that entrants will have to abide by:

  1. Each participant in all categories may bring his/her own pan, but pan is not allowed to be more than 14 inches in diameter.
  2. Gravel and Gold will be provided.
  3. Must find all Gold provided and fastest times will advance.
  4. Sign-in and panning to qualify for semi-finals from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  5. Top 6 semi-finalists will advance to finals.
  6. Finals will run from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  7. The top 3 finalists win.

We’ll be handing out medals, prizes, and awards at the end of the finals.  We’ll also provide detailed rules at the beginning of the competition.  Call us at 605-666-4847 for more information!  Good Luck!

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