This weekend, McDowell County was host to two individual gold festivals: the Official NC Gold Festival on Saturday, June 1 at the Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center in Old Fort and the Original NC Gold Festival on Friday and Saturday, May 30 and June 1 at Lucky Strike Campground and the NC Gold Foundation grounds in Marion. Activities from both sites included gold panning, 5K runs, demonstrations, inflatables, food vendors and musical performances.