Llano, Texas, will host the Fifth Annual Gold and Gem Rendezvous and State Gold Panning Championship on September 25 and 26. Metal detecting, flint knapping, and rock hounding will be part of the action too. Visitors can participate in these events. Folks who just want to observe the competitions and demonstrations or enjoy the food and music are welcome too. Metal-detecting and gold-panning demonstrations as well as an atlatl demonstration will appeal to the curious but inexperienced visitor. Vendors will offer prospecting supplies, metal detectors, minerals, fossils, and jewelry for sale. Official announcer for the Rendezvous is author and musician W. C. Jameson, who will be available to sign books.
The Rendezvous opens at 9 AM on Saturday and 10 AM on Sunday. Vendor and club booths open at 10 AM both days. At 11 AM on Saturday volunteer fire departments will compete in a gold-panning challenge. The State Gold Panning Championship starts at 1 PM on Saturday. Adults may enter this contest for $15 and children for $5. Free metal detecting demonstrations are planned throughout the day on Saturday. At 6:30 PM a beans, cornbread, and peach cobbler dinner along with music by K. R. Wood will be offered.
Sunday’s events include free gold-panning demonstrations and a free metal-detecting hunt at 12:30 PM for children 12 and younger. A warm-up metal-detecting hunt for dollars at 10:30 AM and a silver coin hunt at 11:30 AM lead up the the Main Hunt at 1:30 PM. The entry fee for the Main Hunt is $40. Prizes are awarded at 2:30 PM on Sunday, and the show closes at 4 PM.
Those interested in the rock hound field trips must sign up the day of the trip on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited, and the fee for each trip is $15. Saturday’s field trip to Badu Hill for radioactive specimens will start at 11:30. Sunday’s field trip to the Willow City serpentine mine will start at 11:00.
This event welcomes children and adults of all ages. Families looking for outdoor alternatives to electronic entertainment can combine a trip to Enchanted Rock State Park with the Gold and Gem Rendezvous for an active mini-vacation with lots of variety.
There is no general admission or parking fee for the Gold and Gem Rendezvous. The event takes place along the river in Badu Park on Legion Drive just northwest of the Llano River bridge on State Highway 16 in Llano. The enchantedrocksandjewelry.com web site provides more details. Information about places to stay can be found at Llanolodging.com. Contact Frank Rowell for all other information, including the availability of vendor booths. He can be reached at (325) 247-4137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.