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Learn to prospect for gold at show in Monroe Feb. 21-22

If you’ve thought about looking for gold in Washington, you might want to attend the Washington Prospectors Mining Association’s 20thannual Gold, Gem and Mineral Show beginning Saturday in Monroe.

There will be the opportunity to pan for gold, learn from prospecting and rock-hound clubs, check out displays of gems, minerals and fossils, and meet Melody Tallis from Discovery Channel’s show “Gold Rush.”

If you think there isn’t gold in those hills, remember that a 13-ounce nugget and 16-ounce nugget were found outside Liberty in 2013, Tacoma resident Ed Levesque, one of the organizers of the show, said.

The association was formed in 1983 and helps members with small-scale and weekend prospecting. The group also works to educate the public on prospecting in Washington; and helps interested people learn how to get started, where to go, methods and types of equipment.

Terry Espinoza, the show coordinator, said the Monroe show is an option for people used to attending a similar show held by the Gold Prospectors Association of America at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. That show will not take place this year. The Portland Gold Show is scheduled for March 28-29.

WHEN: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 22.

WHERE: Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe.

ADMISSION: $5 for people 14 and older, free for those 13 and younger.

INFORMATION: washingtonprospectors.org.

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