Juneau holds Gold Rush Days celebration

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) Despite the chill in the air and morning drizzle, the crowd was gung-ho Saturday at the 14th Annual Gold Rush Days celebration.

''Go baby, go baby, go!'' yelled an onlooker during the men's team drilling competition.

Gold Rush Day attendees filled up on corn, fry bread, Polish sausages and a turkey leg or two. They perused the large tent for booths with information on minerals or for free spinal screenings. They played checkers in the mud with slabs of painted black and red logs and panned for gold engaged the kids.

For some, the drilling competition was their time to shine.

''It's fun, really a kick in the pants,'' said miner Jim Smith.

He has been mining for more than 30 years, and his experience showed when he competed in the drilling competitions. Smith took first place in the singles drilling.

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