Gold & Treasure Shows Unveiled

Author: BRANDON JOHNSONThursday, September 24, 2015

Gold & Treasure Shows Unveiled

Categories: From the Pick & Shovel Gazette, Gold Shows, News Release

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The Gold Prospectors Association of America’s Gold & Treasure Shows were initially conceived to introduce the public to the local prospecting community. Each event presents a unique opportunity where local chapters, state directors, land rights advocates, leading industry manufacturers, dealers and experts come together to welcome a new audience pursuing an interest in gold prospecting.

This year’s Gold & Treasure Shows will feature hands-on instruction of gold panning techniques for those looking to hone their skills, one-of-a-kind lectures from industry professionals on a wide range of topics, and product demonstrations from best in class manufacturers to develop your equipment operation efficiency!

It is my pleasure to announce our Spring Schedule for 2016. Stay tuned for announcement of East Coast events before the end of 2015.


2016 Gold & Treasure Show Schedule


Pomona, California

Feb. 20-21

Fairplex, CA

1101 W. McKinley Ave

Pomona, CA 91768


Las Vegas, Nevada

Feb. 27-28

Cashman Center

850 N Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89101


Phoenix, Ariz.

March 12-13

Arizona State Fairgrounds

1826 W. McDowell Rd.

Phoenix, AZ 85007


San Francisco, California

April 2-3

Solano County Fairgrounds

900 Fairgrounds Dr.

Vallejo, CA 94589


Portland, Oregon

April 9-10

Portland Expo Center

2060 North Marine Dr.

Portland, OR 97217


Seattle, Washington

April 16-17

Evergreen State Fairgrounds

14405 179th Ave SE

Monroe, WA  98272


Boise, Idaho

June 11-12

Expo Idaho

5610 Glenwood

Boise, ID 83714



Denver, Colorado

June 18-19

Adams County Fair

9755 Henderson Road

Brighton, CO 80601


This coming year we have added San Francisco and Seattle to our circuit and we are excited to share a fun and educational experience in both of these venues.

Involvement from the local GPAA chapters will be the first focus. Hosting chapters have become more involved with our show circuit over the last three years and this coming year presents another opportunity for members of our local chapters to get involved. Planning and execution of our shows will feature a local touch incorporating show specific hands-on events, kids’ activities and involvement of groups with similar interests. Past events have raised funds and awareness for organizations that advocate for youth involvement in outdoor activities and canned food drives for local Red Cross efforts!

The GPAA’s Gold & Treasure Shows would not be possible without the support and involvement from manufacturers and vendors in the prospecting industry. This year, supporters of our events will contribute tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment for each show to be raffled off for the benefit of the local prospecting community and land rights efforts. Select manufacturers will take part in lectures offering education and instruction on fine gold recovery, local prospecting, geology, filing and maintaining your mining claims, metal detecting basics and techniques to name a few. Last, but not least, they will be on hand to demonstrate their equipment and answer questions.

Make no mistake, GPAA Gold & Treasure Shows offer a great opportunity to develop your understanding from basic prospecting and panning techniques for beginners to advanced prospecting equipment operation and regulatory compliance. Each show will feature multiple manufacturers of gold pans, sluice boxes, highbankers or power sluices, drywashers, recirculating prospecting and clean-up equipment, gold refinery kits, rock crushers, gold dredges and multi-use metal detecting technology. Many manufacturers will offer show specials exclusively available to attendees you don’t want to miss!

For fans of the popular series Gold Trails, sponsored by the Gold Prospectors Association, come to next year’s shows for your chance to meet Kevin Hoagland. The host of the popular new series will be in attendance for each event signing autographs, taking pictures with fans, conducting technical lectures covering geology and advanced metal detecting techniques, and planning his third season of the popular television series. Keep an eye out for other celebrities frequently found in attendance from popular television shows on the History Channel and Discovery Channel.

You won’t want to miss the 2016 GPAA Gold & Treasure Shows, kicking off in Pomona, Calif., at Fairplex California! To receive updates for each major market trade show, please log on to our website at and sign up for an account. Registration and advanced tickets will be available saving you 50 percent on the cost of admission. Children 12 and younger are free, so come out and help your son or daughter learn to pan for real gold to take home as a souvenir of their experience.

Of course, the Gold Prospectors Association of America continues to strive to help you find more gold. Keeping public lands open for mineral entry lies at the heart of that effort, and we would not have our public lands without the efforts of our active military and honorable veterans. To show our appreciation, members of our military receive free admission with a copy of an active military or veteran identification. The Gold Prospectors Association would like to thank you for your service, and welcome you to our events and the prospecting community.


Updates to hosting chapters, daily activities, manufacturers and vendors who will be in attendance, show sponsors who will donate equipment to major prize raffles, and industry professionals who will conduct lectures will be featured on our website at, on the GPAA Facebook page and will be announced in our publications in coming issues.

We look forward to seeing you, your family and your friends at one of this year’s GPAA Gold & Treasure Shows.


Brandon Johnson is the President of the Gold Prospectors Association of America and the Lost Dutchman’s Mining Association. He can be reached at:

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