CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Cascade Mountains Gold, Dog Rock Enterprises and Armadillo Mining Shop will be bringing gold fever to this year’s Newswatch 12 Sportsmen's and Outdoor Recreation show. The businesses and club will share a booth and display area at the Feb. 23-25 event.
“We want to show people how to get started in prospecting,” said Josh Bohmker. “We’ll have prospecting equipment there that people can hold and touch. We’ll explain how it works, why it works. We want people to ask questions about how to get started and we’ll explain it. Prospecting can be a great escape from reality.”
Josh Bohmker and his wife Sarah own Dog Rock Enterprises in Cave Junction. His father, Thomas Bohmker, owns Cascade Mountain Gold, a company that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Armadillo Mining Shop in Grants Pass is owned by Shelley and Robert Stumbo. It is the last mining shop in the Pacific Northwest, according to Josh Bohmker.
The mining booth will offer prospecting seminars and panning demonstrations. Visitors will have the opportunity to pan for gold. And the first 100 successful guests will get to keep their gold. There will also be presentations on how to use metal detectors when looking for precious metals.
A couple glass cases will feature gold specimens found in the western U.S., Alaska and Venezuela. There’ll be memorabilia from the early days of mining and equipment from more recent times.
The Douglas County Prospectors Association will set up a boomtown facade.
Literature on mining and maps on where recreational mining is available will also be at the booth.
Visitors are also encouraged to bring in rocks so the geology and identification of the samples can be discussed.
“We are ready to answer all of your prospecting questions to help you begin your own odyssey,” said Sarah Bohmker.
More information on prospecting can be found online at www.goldpannersguide.com.