Kara Adema is Co-Chair of the El Dorado County Gold Week Committee.
She has been part of the committee since its inception three years ago.
When Kara is asked how she was inspired to participate she states, “I am a long-time friend of Uncle Fuzzy. I wanted this event to be successful and I wanted to support this event. If our county is successful we will establish a new tradition. I also want to promote something that is good for the county, and breathe new life into an event that should be nurtured and promoted within this county.” Kara believes the gold panning event and competitions should be held annually. She believes this has the potential to be to El Dorado County akin to what the Jumping Frog Jubilee is to Calaveras County.
Many of the gold panning enthusiasts have visited other countries and experienced the friendship and hospitality of their people when they opened their hearts and homes. Now the El Dorado County Gold Committee wants to host this event because they want to “invite their friends to come over to my house!”
Kara has a family, and appreciates ED Gold because it is very family oriented. Families can learn about history along with having fun. She states, “People can appreciate history but the actual event will be something where visitors can embrace history in an interactive and entertaining way.”
Through her participation with the committee she has had the opportunity to meet a new group of people who enjoy the outdoors. Kara went to Navelgas, Spain in 2015 as part of the US delegation of twelve. Kara states, “Going to the gold panning competitions takes you to places that are little traveled by the every-day tourist. It was fun to get in and experience a new culture, as well as experiencing the cultures of all those who attend the tournament. “
Kara enjoyed panning for gold as a child. Competition as an adult is new to Kara and she enjoys the competition. Asked if she has won any medals Kara states, “Not yet, but my daughter has enjoyed competing in two junior event competitions. She won a bronze medal in 2014.”
The committee members have skills that complement each other. Kara has skills and expertise in business, with a marketing design background. She likes to work with the “nuts and bolts.”
There is a similar vision with all who are on the committee. Kara says, “Ultimately we would like this event to be so successful that we nurture a whole new generation of passionate competition panners to bring the championship back to El Dorado County again and again. Lots of people say this is so much fun and they enjoy traveling and meeting new friends.” Kara has met so many new friends during this process and she loves giving back to the county.