GPAA: Gold Prospectors to host Gold and Treasure Show in Charlotte May 30-31

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Gold Prospectors Association of America: The GPAA will hold its Gold and Treasure Show in Charlotte, N.C. the weekend of May 30-31. Learn how to mine and pan for real gold from experienced gold prospectors at this event, which is open to the public.

GPAA Gold & Treasure Show participants pan for real gold.

GPAA Gold & Treasure Show participants pan for real gold.

Dozens of mining equipment vendors and manufacturers are to ready to share their secrets of gold prospecting with you.

“Gold is where you find it,” and the best place to start looking is at the Gold Prospectors Association of
Gold and Treasure Show Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 at the Metrolina Tradshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28269.

One of the most popular attractions at the Gold and Treasure Shows is the complimentary GPAA Gold Panning Zone, where all attendees can experience gold panning using real gold.

“Step up to the troughs at the Gold Panning Zone and enjoy a hands-on gold panning lesson from an experienced gold prospector,” said GPAA President Brandon Johnson. “Our shows allow everyone the chance to pan for real gold, and you can keep what you find!”

More than $15,000 worth of prizes, including metal detectors, sluice boxes and gold concentrators, will be given away to lucky ticket holders in the major raffle, sponsored by Summit Mining & Equipment, Inc., Martin Prospecting Equipment, Thermal City Gold Mine, Gold Cube, Gold Magic, Garrett, Felix Paydirt, Keene Engineering, Minelab, Fisher Metal Detectors and the Gold Prospectors Association of America.

For decades, the GPAA has been traveling across the U.S. with some of the most well-known and trusted prospecting and mining equipment dealers, giving people interested in gold prospecting an opportunity to learn about the products that will benefit them the most in the field.

“There’s always something new and exciting to see, with constant advanced innovations in mining equipment, accessories and supplies,” said Johnson, who will attend the Charlotte show. “Dozens of mining equipment vendors and manufacturers are to ready to share their secrets of gold prospecting with you.”

The event will feature prospecting and mining seminars led by seasoned gold prospectors. Topics will include fine gold recovery, local prospecting tips and techniques, metal detecting for beginners and advanced prospectors and gold geology.

Another highlight is the ever-popular Alaska Gold Expedition prize giveaways. Two trips will be given away at each weekend show — one at the end of each day. Each trip is good for one person for two weeks and includes airfare to Nome, Alaska.

“All Gold and Treasure Show attendees over 18 years of age have an opportunity to win this once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable adventure to the home of Alaska Gold Rush. With admission, showgoers are given a raffle ticket for the drawing,” Johnson said.

Winning ticket holders and others who decide to sign up for the Alaska Gold Expedition will visit the GPAA’s famous Cripple River Mining Camp, a popular summer prospecting destination on the shores of the Bering Sea, 12 miles from Nome. The 2,300-acre property and camp offers the best in gold prospecting adventures.

Gold prospecting has become increasingly popular in the last few years with high gold prices. The growing interest in gold is reflected not only in the longest-airing prospecting TV show, “Gold Fever,” but in several gold mining reality TV programs and the all new GPAA-produced show, “Gold Trails” with host Kevin Hoagland who is eager to meet his fans at the Charlotte event.

The Gold and Treasure Show in Charlotte will be hosted by local Matthews NC GPAA Chapter. Local GPAA chapters are often invited by schools, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, other youth groups and organizers of local fairs and community events to demonstrate gold panning and share their knowledge of gold mining history and heritage.

“The shows give GPAA chapter members an opportunity to meet newcomers who are interested in gold prospecting, metal detecting and treasure hunting,” Johnson said. “It’s been our goal to reach out to the young and old to teach them about gold prospecting and show them the love and respect we have for the outdoors.”

Showgoers who feel the gold bug bite are invited to visit the GPAA booth, and join our community for treatment. The GPAA has more than 350 mining claims across the country where members can prospect and mine for their own gold. The gold is yours to find and keep. Those who come down with a bad case of gold fever and want to experience a real mining camp are also invited to stop by the booth to explore what the Lost Dutchman’s Mining Association Camps have to offer. While there is no cure, LDMA mining camps are the best known remedy.

“The GPAA has always been the leader in attracting new people into the world of prospecting,” said Executive Director of Operations Dominic Ricci. “Stop by our booth, and learn how easy it is to get started in finding your own gold. We can get you out on a real prospecting experience. Participate in an outing where you can learn where to prospect, use all kinds of equipment, and recover your own gold.”

The 2015 GPAA Gold and Treasure Shows are open to the public. Admission is $10 for at the door for adults, or $5 for advance tickets purchased online or from a GPAA host chapter. There is no admission fee for children under 12. Active military and veterans with ID are also admitted free. For more information about the 2015 GPAA Gold and Treasure Shows, go to

For advance tickets, contact the following local GPAA chapter:

Matthews NC Chapter
Contact: Glenn Coleman
Phone: (704) 299-2808
Email: glenncoleman43(AT)

Upcoming GPAA Gold and Treasure Shows:
(Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday for all events.)

Charlotte, North Carolina — May 30-31
Metrolina Tradeshow Expo
7100 Statesville Road
Charlotte, NC 28269

Knoxville, Tennessee — June 6-7
Knoxville Convention Center
701 Henley St.
Knoxville, TN 37902

To join the GPAA or Lost Dutchman’s Mining Association, go to To watch previously aired episodes of the series, go to

The GPAA Gold and Treasure Shows were started decades ago by GPAA founder George Massie to introduce people to gold prospecting and to teach them how and where to find their own gold. Besides being a lot of fun, the purpose of the gold shows is to remind everyone that gold prospecting and small-scale gold mining are still a way of life for hundreds of thousands of people across the United States. Gold mining is an integral part of American culture, heritage, our world history and our economy.

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