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Finders Keepers Kicks Off in Lincoln City
Published: 10/07/2016  Updated: 10/12/2016
 
Photo by Cody Cha

The Oregon Coast is about to get colorful as the 18th season of Finders Keepers, glass floats on the beach gets under way October 22-23 in Lincoln City.

Glass studios from around the Pacific Northwest are handcrafting the colorful glass art for the new Finders Keepers season, which runs through Memorial Day 2017 in Lincoln City, Oregon.

One of the glass artists, William Murphy from Oregon Coast Glassworks is thrilled to be participating in the season. "It brings so many people to the coast just to find a glass float," says Murphy. Some of Oregon Coast Glassworks floats that can be seen out on the Lincoln City beach include, their green watermelon floats and red fireballs. "They are big sellers at the studio," says Murphy. "We hope the visitors have just as much fun looking for them as we did making them."

During the 18th year of Finders Keepers, 2017 officially numbered glass floats will be carefully hidden along the 7.5 miles of pristine beach in Lincoln City. The shoreline from Roads End on the north side of town to Siletz Bay on the south end is where the floats are hidden. Float treasures can be found above the high tide line and below the beach embankment. If you find a glass float, you get to keep it!

On opening weekend, October 22-23, an extra 100 glass floats will be placed on the beach to kick off the season. In addition, a jumbo float will be hidden with a prize package attached. Find the jumbo float, and take home a weekend getaway courtesy of Lincoln City. The weekend getaway includes lodging, restaurant certificates and a certificate to blow your own glass float.

Throughout the next several months, special glass art drops will boost the total count to 3000 for the season. These special drops will include a combination of unnumbered glass floats, antique Japanese glass floats, sand dollars, crabs, starfish and holiday-themed floats.

The official handcrafted Finders Keepers glass floats are signed and numbered, and when they are found, they become collector's items. You can register your glass treasure and receive a certificate of authenticity and a biography of the artist who created the float.

To register your float, call 800-452-2151, visit www.oregoncoast.org, or text FLOATS to 24587. You can also bring your discovered treasure to the Visitor Information Center at 540 NE Hwy 101 in Lincoln City. If you have limited mobility or are unable to walk on the beach due to disability, stop by and fill out an entry form for a chance to win a glass float.

For rules of the hunt, tips and information about upcoming drops visit Oregon Coast Finders Keepers


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