By Brad Jones
There’s no better place to catch gold fever than at the GPAA Gold Panning Zone at the GPAA Gold & Treasure Show in Nashville, Tenn., this weekend where you, your family and friends can pan for real gold!
The popular Gold Prospectors Association of America’s Gold Panning Zone features panning troughs with real gold where all show attendees can try their hand at panning, and take some color home. And, if you don’t know how to pan, don’t worry. Experienced prospectors will be on hand to show you how.
“We’re hosting three shows in Tennessee, Ohio and North Carolina in October, and we’re thrilled to be back in the eastern states for gold and good times,” said GPAA President Brandon Johnson. “There’s something for everybody at our gold shows, and more than $10,000 worth of prizes in the main raffle alone.”
The grand prize for the raffle is a one-week stay for two at Roaring Camp, located along the scenic Mokelumne River in the heart of California’s Mother Lode country.
“Gold prospecting, gem hunting and treasure seeking—including metal detecting—are fun family activities that you won’t want to miss, and the best place to get started is at a GPAA Gold & Treasure Show,” Johnson said. “And, if you are already a rockhound, this is a great way to expand your knowledge of geology as it relates to gold, other valuable metals and gems.”
The first event in Nashville, Tenn. will feature speakers such as Mike Pung, co-inventor of the Gold Cube, Kevin Hoagland of the GPAA-produced TV series Gold Trails, and Travis A. Paris, who will speak on “Geology & Understanding the Land Around Us.”
The show will also feature vendors of prospecting and small-scale mining equipment, including Gold Cube, Felix Paydirt, Minelab Metal Detectors, Spin it Off, Aurora Mining Products, Keene Engineering, Garret Metal Detectors, Roaring Camp and Kellyco Metal Detectors.
The host chapter for the show is the Coker Creek GPAA Chapter: www.cokercreekgpaa.com
If you haven’t attended a GPAA Gold & Treasure Show this year, there is still time to register for $5 half-price advance tickets to the remaining 2016 events. Go online to www.facebook.com/GPAAGoldShows. Click on the “Events” tab at the top of the page, book your tickets early and invite your friends. Don’t use Facebook? No problem. Go to www.goldprospectors.org/goldshows. Tickets at the door are $10. Active military and veterans with ID are admitted free, as well as children 12 and under. The first 100 paid attendees over 18 years of age will receive a free vial with gold.
Be sure to stop by the GPAA booth and find out how you can become a gold prospector and learn how and where to find your own gold.
• Nashville, Tenn.
The Fairgrounds Nashville,
(Creative Arts Building)
625 Smith Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203
FEATURED SPEAKER: Travis A. Paris will speak on “Geology & Understanding the Land Around Us.”
• Dayton, Ohio
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
(In the Coliseum)
1043 S. Main St.
Dayton, Ohio 45409
• Concord, N.C.
Cabarrus Arena & Event Center
4751 NC Highway 49 North
Concord, NC 28025
FEATURED SPEAKER: YouTube sensation Michael Bennett, a.k.a. “Nugget Noggin” will speak on metal detecting.
Brad Jones is the Managing Editor of the Gold Prospectors Association of America publications. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.