Celebrate America's first gold rush during this year's North Carolina Gold Festival. The day begins with the Gold Nugget 5k, then enjoy gold exhibits from the Bechtler Heritage Center, Reed Gold Mine, the Gold Hill and NC Gold Trail. See the largest collection of Bechtler Coins anywhere, the Norman Jenkins Collection. Try gold and gem panning, watch live demonstrations, join in games and contests or listen to tales of gold from area storytellers. The kids will love the large children's area, and two stages will feature regional musicians. Rick Scott is a special guest performer and an original member of the supergroup Alabama.