World Championships and European Championships in gold panning were hosted in Rauris Valley during the 1980s and 90s. After Rauris and Austrian Open Championships in 2014 and 2015 and the AUSTRIAN Gold-Panning Championships 2016 another Rauris Open Gold-Panning Championships are hold in Rauris from 30 June to 02 July 2017 to to determine the RAURIS OPEN gold-panning champion.
“Naturally, experience and skill both play a role, but 50% of it is pure luck”, points out Sepp Haslinger, chairman of the Austrian Gold-Panning Association. This competition is all about panning the seeded gold in the shortest possible time from around 20 kilograms of sand. If a flake happens to get lost, the contestant incurs a 3-minute penalty.