We would love to have you join us at one of our meetings or events!  Below is our 2022 Schedule of Events.  Check back often as this list will be updated.


April 16 - April 2022 Meeting.  Swank Claim.  11AM.  Meeting and potluck at Noon.

May 7-8 - Pleasant Hill Lake Gold Panning Demonstrations - Pleasant Hill Lake Park


May 13-15 - Columbus GPAA Gold & Treasure Show (13th setup, 14-15 show). Ohio State Fairgrounds. This will take the place of our May Meeting. Any Buckeye Chapter members....sign the GPAA sign in sheet at the Buckeye Chapter booth as your May participation to be entered into the 1gram gold giveaway that will happen at the June Meeting. For tickets, visit this link. Use promo code BellvilleGS to support the Buckeye Chapter!

June 11-12 - BCGPAA Annual Fossick Invitational - Swank Claim. Common digs, beeper hunts, vendors and more.  The weekend schedule is below:
Saturday, June11
10:00AM - FREE Common Dig.  Join us for a free dig.  We setup the large equipment.  You work with other prospectors to process material.  Everyone will take home a split of the cons and a nugget draw immediately following.
10:00AM - BCGPAA Store Opens.  
10:00AM - Food Truck Opens (Serving Lunch and Dinner)
1:00PM - BCGPAA Meeting.  Main Pavilion
2:00PM - Common Dig resumes.  Cleanup and split at 3:00PM
4:30PM - Dowsing Rod Competition.  Meet at pavilion.
Dark - Nightime Metal Detecting Hunt hosted by Pat O'Masters and Sue Wise.  Try your luck under the black lights.  Someone will take home a new Teknetics Metal Detector (Assuming we have a field of a minimum of 20 detectorists.  Otherwise, detector will be given away at Gold Rush)

Sunday, June 12
10:00AM - Common Dig.  Teardown and Split / Draw at 12:00PM

June 18-19 - Pleasant Hill Lake Gold Panning Demonstrations - Pleasant Hill Lake Park

July 9 - BCGPAA July Meeting - 10:00AM - Swank Claim. Common dig, meeting, potluck.

Aug 13 - BCGPAA August Meeting -10:00AM Swank Claim. Common dig, meeting, potluck.  Swap Meet.  Bring your prospecting, gold, silver, and non prospecting items to sell or swap!  No guns.  Knife sales to those 18+ only.  Swap Meet 9AM-3PM.  

Aug 20 - Pleasant Hill Lake Gold Panning Demonstrations - Pleasant Hill Lake Park

Sept 3-4 - Annual Ohio Gold Rush Days - Swank Claim. Common digs, beeper hunts, vendors, auction and more.

Oct 8 - BCGPAA October Meeting (Crockpot Cookoff / Officer Elections) - 10:00 AM -Swank Claim. Common Dig, meeting, potluck, crockpot cookoff, officer elections.

Nov 12 - BCGPAA Thanksmas Meeting (TBA)

All common digs begin at 10:00AM. Break for potluck and meeting. Resume following meeting and split immediately following.

Meeting Locations

Our warm weather meetings take place at the Swank Claim West at the corner of Gatton Rocks Rd and Cutnaw Road between Bellville and Butler, OH. Cold weather meetings are announced on a monthly basis with location determined at that time.

Swank Claim Address: 1099 Cutnaw Rd. Bellville, OH  44813
GPS Coordinates: N 40° 35.885' W 082° 27.602'