This will be a festival designed to educate, promote, and highlight the gold and gem heritage of the region through entertainment, tours, and events during the spring. The festival will serve as a promotional tool. The Festival will also help foster partnerships with local businesses, surrounding county businesses, and regional groups interested in promoting the captivating history of the area using the gold prospecting heritage as a catalyst.
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About the Official North Carolina Gold Festival
On June 1, 2019 we will celebrate AMERICA’S FIRST GOLD RUSH at the 16th Annual Official North Carolina Gold Festival in Old Fort. The FESTIVAL is held on the banks of Mill Creek at the Mountain Gateway Museum (24 Water St, Old Fort) and downtown Old Fort. You can explore the Gold Exhibits from the Bechtler Heritage Center, Reed Gold Mine, Historic Gold Hill, NC Gold Trail (33 counties), and see the Largest Collection of Bechtler Coins Anywhere: the ‘Norman Jenkins Collection.’
The NC Gold Album Music Project Showcase Live (www.ncarts.org/music-project-nc-gold-album) made up of NC artists will perform at the Gold Festival. The Gold Album will be released world-wide with a media covered release celebration October 2019. The music project will help fund the NC Gold Trail through the Tourism Asset Foundation. The Gold Storyteller will return to weave her golden tales. There will be Gold Panning, Drawings, Games, Face Painting, Children’s area, Live Music on 2 stages, Fantastic Food, Craft and Jewelry Vendors, Strolling Characters, NC Gold Tales Magazine will be covering the event.
Headliner is Rick Scott, original member of the band Wild Country who became known as the Super group “Alabama.” Scott is a Multi-Platinum, Award-winning hit songwriter with 30 million units in sales. His songs include “Why Lady Why,” Award-winning songs by Johnny Cash on “Out Among The Stars” and “Legend”. Rick spent years on the road writing and playing drums for Earl Thomas Conley, Vern Gosdin and more.
Festival is Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Downtown Old Fort, NC
For more info: Check the festival website: www.officialnorthcarolinagoldfestival.com
Contact: Deborah Millikan