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The Gold Prospectors Association of America will hold its Gold & Treasure Show in Mesa, Ariz. Feb 11-12. The show will feature seminars led by Tom Massie, host of “Gold Fever” on the Outdoor Channel, or guest speakers and a gold-panning contest.
With the price of gold spiking to record highs in 2011, GPAA President Brandon Johnson said gold fever is definitely rising and memberships to the GPAA have shown substantial growth over the last year.
“Spiking gold prices are sometimes the deciding factor to turn off the TV and actually go gold prospecting to experience it for yourself. A quarter-ounce or pennyweight of gold is worth a lot more now than it used to be,” Johnson said.
“Prospecting isn’t necessarily all about having the gold. It’s as much about finding it,” he said, adding that for many members the thrill is enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.
The Gold & Treasure show in Mesa will feature vendors and displays of gold nuggets, jewelry and prospecting equipment such as metal detectors, drywashers, spiral gold pans, dredges and highbankers.
Showgoers over 18 years of age will get a chance to win a two-week Alaska Gold Expedition trip to GPAA’s famous Cripple River gold prospecting camp near Nome, Alaska. The event will run Saturday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mesa Convention Center, 201 N. Center St., Mesa, AZ 85211, Convention Hall.
Admission is $5. Children 12 and under admitted free. The first 100 paid attendees will receive a free vial of placer gold. Tickets are available at the door. To pre-register online and get in free, go to http://www.goldandtreasureshows.com.
To find out more about gold prospecting, gem and treasure hunting or how to contact a local GPAA chapter in your area, visit http://www.goldprospectors.org or call (800) 551-9707.
The Gold Prospectors Association of America has more than doubled the number of Gold & Treasure Shows on its nationwide tour from nine last year to 20 shows in 2012.
The first gold show of the season, held in Pomona, Calif., set record attendance, said GPAA Trade Show Manager Gary Sturgill.
“Mesa is usually a good show. We usually draw between 2,100 and 2,400 for the weekend,” said Sturgill, adding that he expects attendance to surpass 3,000 this year.
Here are the remaining shows for 2012:
Mesa, AZ February 11 – 12, 2012
Albuquerque, NM February 18 – 19, 2012
Red Bluff, CA March 10 – 11, 2012
Puyallup, WA March 17 – 18, 2012
Salem, OR March 24 – 25, 2012
Fresno, CA March 31 – April 1, 2012
Las Vegas, NV April 21 – 22, 2012
Spokane, WA April 28 – 29, 2012
Boise, ID May 5 – 6, 2012
Salt Lake City, UT May 12 – 13, 2012
Reno/Sparks, NV May 19 – 20, 2012
Rapid City, SD August 25 – 26, 2012
Casper, WY September 8 – 9, 2012
Butte, MT September 15 – 16, 2012
Denver, CO September 22 – 23, 2012
Mesa, AZ September 29 – 30, 2012
St. Joseph, MO October 13 – 14, 2012
Dayton, OH October 20 – 21, 2012
Spartanburg, SC October 27 – 28, 2012
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“Treasure – If it’s out there, we’re going to find it!” (Tommy Vawter)