ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A lot of people struck gold this weekend at the Gold and Treasure Show.
Over 2,000 people, including 1,600 on Saturday alone, showed up at the Douglas County Fairgrounds looking for a little treasure.
The event featured about 50 booths, offering everything from mining equipment to ATV's to jerky, and everything in between.
There were also lectures to introduce people to prospecting in the northwest.
The Douglas County Prospectors Association helped to put on the show, and they say their main goal was to help educate people.
Beyond that, officials say they were just excited to spend time with others who share their hobby. "Well, it's the thrill of the hunt, and you never know what you're going to get," said organizer Cheryle Golgert. "Even if you have a bad day, you've got a good day outdoors getting exercise, and it's good clean fun. There's time when you find a lot of gold and it's awesome, and other days you just have a nice day out."
Not everyone at the show had hunted for gold or treasure before, some were just learning how to pan or use their metal detector, or getting their first gemstones.
Although those we spoke with admitted that they don't find treasure every time, they say that's actually part of the fun. Rosie Delise, who attended the weekend event, told KPIC News, "I think it's fun when you go out, and you don't know what you're going to find, and it could be something really cool. The whole possibility is fun."
If you are interested in prospecting, you can check out a meeting of the Douglas County Prospectors Association.