Joel Orelove took home the first place trophy in the gold panning competition at Juneau Gold Rush Days. Orelove has not entered a gold panning contest since 1998 when he won the state championship. His net time this year of 44 seconds to find eight gold nuggets in a 10-inch gold pan was six seconds faster than his brother Michael's time of 50 seconds. Michael tied for second place with Hank Masters, last year's state champion.
In the Junior Division (14 and younger), Kayla Bishop came in first place with a net time of one minute 34 seconds. Kayla came in third at last year's event. In second place was Brian Mauck with a time of two minutes one second. Dakota McLaughlin was third with a time of two minutes 38 seconds.