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Rye Patch Nugget Shoot 2014

Here is a letter from the GPAA of Northern Nevada and the Reno Prospecting and Detecting Club, thanking Prospectors Choice for participating in the Rye Patch Nugget Shoot 2014

On behalf of GPAA of Northern Nevada, Reno; the Reno Prospecting and Detecting Club; the Rye Patch State recreation area; the Rye Patch State Park Rangers (Jim and Josh) and all the participants at this year’s Rye Patch Nugget Shoot, we want to thank you for your donation. This event was designed to be a free day of events to “Celebrate Nevada’s Mining Heritage” and as such it exceeded our expectations.

Even though Mother Nature showed her hand with wind, rain and thunder and lightning over 300 participants took part in the Rye Patch Nugget Shoot and over 500 people attended the event held at Rye Patch State Recreation Area. Participants represented families and individuals from ten different states including Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Oregon, Arkansas, California, Washington and Montana. We have, and continue to receive, comments from participants regarding how unique and well organized the event was and the quality of the prizes awarded. This year, we were able to provide thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes which included metal detectors, mining equipment, gold splatter, silver rounds, gift cards and numerous other donations. We also had prizes for children that included metal detectors, gold mining equipment and numerous other toys and prizes.

In addition to the metal detecting hunt, we were able to give hands-on demonstrations on how to pan and sluice along with drywashing techniques, show and explain how old mining equipment was used and teach the art of metal detecting. Geologists were on hand to talk about the formation of gold and silver in its natural form. Women in Mining were present to explain their contributions to the mining industry. Our metal detecting hunt for kids was well attended with over 20 children and their families being introduced to metal detecting and Nevada’s Great mining heritage.

In particular, we want to recognize and thank Prospectors Choice for your contribution. Your donation helped make the Rye Patch Nugget Shoot a truly free family event and a resounding success. Even more importantly, participants arrived several days early and stayed after the event providing much needed financial support for both the park and surrounding Counties.

Thank you for your support, without which the event would not have been the success it was. We are looking forward to your continued support next year when we hold the 2015 Rye Patch Nugget Shoot at the Rye Patch State recreation area.

Thank you for the sponsorship.

President Larry Robbins, GPAA of Northern Nevada Reno, Inc.
President: Glen Meyers, Reno Prospecting and Detecting Club