Greenbush Prospectors set rock Gold & Treasure Show one more time in Falls

by Jeff Pederson of The Review Staff

The Greenbush Prospectors Gold Prospector Association of America (GPAA) is poised to stage its annual Gold and Treasure Show for the final time at the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23.

With the Municipal Building slated to undergo a major renovation beginning in early April, the gym where the show has been held for the past several years will be eliminated.

Therefore this year’s sixth annual event will be the show’s swan song at the venerable building.

“We will miss having this event at the Sheboygan Falls Municipal venue, because the people of the area have been very good to us,” GPAA Gold and Treasure Show organizer and Greenbush Prospectors member Ron Smith said. “It is a nice building for this event and the community is nice. There are good restaurants and our members usually fill up the motel. We will have to explore our options for next year.”

As usual, the show is a “must-attend” event for hard core and aspiring prospectors, miners, geologists and gem lovers.

The free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both day, will once again feature guest speakers, demonstrations, vendors, raffles and displays from mining and prospecting, geologic, metal-detecting, treasure-hunting and geocaching clubs throughout the state.

“We are fortunate to have most all our vendors re- turn, so that part of the show will be pretty much the same as previous years,” Smith said.

The popular children’s treasure hunt is also set to return, along with a few other activities geared to the younger crowd.

“Last year we really ramped up the children’s program and this year we added more,” Smith said. “We have published a coloring book that is for small kids and we have added a few games that are prospecting oriented.

“The treasure hunt for young people has been enhanced with the addition of some gem stone donations from our members,” he said. “We have kimberlite, which is a matrix that diamond are presented in, for kids to go through to look for diamonds and garnets.”

The show typically draws prospectors, miners and geologists from clubs throughout the state.

Demonstrations will cover gem panning, custommade jewelry, fossils, lapidary art, mineral specimens and maps. Displays will feature copper culture and fur trader artifacts, along with gold and mineral specimens.

In addition, many of the vendors will feature Midwest treasures, which include gems, rocks and minerals that can be found within Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

This year’s show will also feature a gold panning demonstration for prospectors of all ability and experience levels.

“We will not have the State Gold Panning Championship as in previous years, because that will be moved to a summer event,” Smith said. “We will replace that with teaching people how to pan for gold.”

Smith said interest in gold prospecting has been on the rise.

“Gold prospecting has become extremely popular,” Smith said. “One of the reasons is that the price of gold is high right now. There are also three or four different television shows on the air about Alaskan gold. Those shows have really stirred up interest in gold panning on the local level.”

Smith says the recent rise in interest has kept membership strong for the Greenbush Prospectors.

“We have well over 100 members,” Smith said. “A lot of our members are from the eastern part of Wisconsin, but we also extend to Michigan and Illinois and throughout the Midwest.”

While the Gold and Treasure Show is the biggest event of the year for the Greenbush Prospectors, the club stays active throughout the year with a number of special demonstrations, programs and presentations.

Admission to the show is free. Food and refreshments will be made available as part of a brat fry on both days. Raffle prizes will include gold nuggets, coins, jewelry, gems and minerals.

The Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building is located at 375 Buffalo St. in downtown Sheboygan Falls.

For general show information, call Ron Smith at 207-4092, email ausmith2005@yahoo.com or visit www.wisgold.org


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