Gold Shows set to begin in February

Author: BRAD JONESFriday, February 19, 2016

Gold Shows set to begin in February

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

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Article as featured in the February-March 2016 edition of the Pick & Shovel Gazette.


GPAA Managing Editor

The Gold Prospectors Association of America local chapters and road crew is ready to roll for the 2016 Gold & Treasure Shows Spring circuit. The first show is slated for Pomona, Calif. Feb. 20-21 and the second is Las Vegas, Nev. Feb. 27-28, so be sure to mark your calendar.The Gold & Treasure Shows, were first introduced to the public by GPAA founder, George Massie to spread gold fever across the country. 

GPAA President Brandon Johnson has continued this tradition and made it a more hands-on experience for newcomers to the world of gold prospecting. Each event presents an opportunity for local GPAA chapters and state directors, mining rights advocates, leading industry manufacturers, dealers and experts to come together and welcome the public. 

“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,” Johnson said.

The shows also feature product demonstrations from the best prospecting and small-scale mining equipment manufacturers.

“The Gold & Treasure Shows would not be possible without the support and involvement from manufacturers and vendors in the prospecting industry,” Johnson said. “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.”

The grand prize to be awarded each day of each show is a one week stay at Roaring Camp in California Mother Lode country. 

For a full list of prizes, featured vendors and seminar speakers, please see page 8. Also, see related stories on page 6 and 7.

GPAA Gold & Treasure Shows offer a great opportunity to broaden your understanding of gold prospecting and panning techniques. 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. 

Fans of the popular GPAA-produced TV series Gold Trails will get a chance to meet host Kevin Hoagland, who will be at each event signing autographs, posing for pictures and conducting technical lectures covering geology and advanced metal detecting techniques.

To receive updates for each gold  show please log on to our website at and sign up for 
an account. Registration and advanced tickets will be available at half the cost of the regular $10 admission at the door. Children 12 and younger are admitted free of charge.

“Come out and help your son or daughter learn to pan for real gold to take home as a souvenir of their experience,” Johnson said.

The GPAA 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 of Amerrica would like to thank you for your service, and welcome you to our events and the prospecting community,” Johnson said.

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:, and

“We look forward to seeing you, your family and your friends at one of this year’s shows,” Johnson said.

Also, stay tuned for the announcement of the GPAA’s East Coast Gold & Treasure Shows.


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

NOTE: Hotel room discounts are available at the Golden Nugget with the promo code: GSGPAA. For reservations, call 800-331-5731 or go to www.golden


• Phoenix, Arizona

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


Brad Jones is the Managing Editor/Communications Director for the Gold Prospectors Association of America. He can be reached


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