GPAA: Gold & Treasure Show Headed to Albuquerque

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Gold Prospectors Association of America: catch the fever in Albuquerque at the GPAA Gold & Treasure Show set for Albuquerque, New Mexico Feb 18-19.

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Don’t miss the GPAA Gold & Treasure Show in Albuquerque, New Mexico Feb. 18-19!

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...

The Gold Prospectors Association of America will hold its Gold & Treasure Show in Albuquerque, New Mexico Feb 18-19. 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 Albuquerque 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. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Expo New Mexico, 300 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108, Creative Arts Building.

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:

Spring Circuit

Pomona, CA January 21 – 22, 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

Fall Circuit

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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