McDowell County, North Carolina will host two gold festivals the weekend of June 2, 2018. Events will be held at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort and the Lucky Strike Gold Mine in Marion.

Activities kick off in Old Fort on June 2 at 9 am with the Rugged Nugget 5K. Additional activities include vendors, panning for gold, comedian Cledus T. Judd, history discussions, crafts and more.

Activities at the Lucky Strike start on Friday, June 1 at noon and continue through Saturday. They include panning for gold, live music, fireworks, walking the NC Gold Trail, a treasure hunt and more.