There is exciting news for those who love the exhilaration that comes with the hunt for gold.  The Spring 2016 Gold and Treasure Shows have been scheduled and announced.  These are put on by the Gold Prospectors Association of America, also known as the GPAA.  However, the first edition was thrown by the founder of the organization, George Massie.  That was at a time when the Gold Rush was thriving.

The Gold and Treasure Shows of 2016 will provide the public lessons of proper gold panning technique, as well as lessons for those who really want to hone their existing skills.  In addition to these instructional showcases, there will be a wealth of information shared by the presenters, which will span a wide variety of industry-related topics.  Mining equipment manufacturers will be onsite to demonstrate their products, for both small scale prospectors and large-scale mining operations.  The education will focus on various areas of gold prospecting, including geology, filing claims, metal detecting, and more.

Some of that equipment – thousands of dollars’ worth – will be raffled.  The proceeds earned on the sale of raffle tickets will be used to benefit the prospecting community, as well as funding the efforts to establish land rights.

If you love gold prospecting, or you have always wanted to try your hand at it, these shows are a great place to learn more about the history of the industry, and to get tips on how to best handle your pan.  If that isn’t enough to entice you, then perhaps you would like to come meet a gold prospecting star.  The TV Series, Gold Trails, is produced by the Gold Prospecting Association of America.  The star of the show, of course, is the host, Kevin Hoagland.  He will be at each of the spring shows, prepared to take photos, sign autographs, and answer the questions of fans.

The best part is that these shows are extremely affordable.  Advance sale ticket prices are set at just $10 per person.  Kids under the age of 13 are admitted at no charge.  Shows are coming to Pomona, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Boise, and Denver.