6/11/2014 9:08:00 AM Learn speed panning, win a gold nugget at Fain Park event
Mary and Kirk Mallory, right, decide to purchase a membership into the Gold Prospectors Association of Phoenix as a gift for a family member this past year after learning from GPAP member and prospector, Woody Wample, about the thick book of maps and the beginners kit that comes with membership. The GPAP will host an ice cream social with demos, panning lessons and contests at Fain Park on Saturday.
Trib File Photo/Sue Tone
The public is invited to Fain Park in Prescott Valley Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. to learn how to pan for gold, dowse, use a metal detector, and enjoy some ice cream at the annual Gold Prospectors Association of Phoenix Ice Cream Social.
GPAP member Woody Wampler, Dewey-Humboldt, will give speed panning tips prior to the panning contest that will result in someone winning a gold nugget prize for men's and women's first place, with other panning prizes given for second place and for first and second in the children's category.
The same prizes will be given out to the winners of the pan throwing contest in all three categories. A gold nugget raffle helps pay for event expenses.
Participants are welcome to make their own ice cream sundae with a multitude of toppings. While it's not required, participants can bring a snack to share, Wampler said.
This past year, about 50 members were on hand to demonstrate their skills and talk about the joys of prospecting.
"The whole idea is to have a good, fun time, and to share knowledge and the fun that we have doing this," he said.
The May/June issue of Gold Prospectors magazine ran a four-page feature on Wampler, in which he said about his love of prospecting, "It's not about the gold - never has been. It's the thrill. It's the difference between a prospector and a miner. I'm a prospector. I like to go look for gold where I haven't found it."