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The Hunt is On in Lincoln City
Published: 10/12/2017
 
Colorful glass floats are tucked away above the high tide mark during the 19th season of Finders Keepers, October 14, 2017 through May 31, 2018.
Colorful glass floats are tucked away above the high tide mark during the 19th season of Finders Keepers, October 14, 2017 through May 31, 2018.
Photo by Cody Cha

Treasure hunters, beachcombers and visitors will scour the beach for beautiful, one-of-a-kind, glass floats during the 19th season of Finders Keepers in Lincoln City, Oregon.

The Oregon Coast is about to get colorful as Finders Keepers, glass floats on the beach in Lincoln City, starts its 19th season, which runs October 14, 2017 through Memorial Day 2018.

To kick off the season on opening weekend, October 14-15, an extra 100 glass floats will be tucked away on the beach. 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.

This signature promotion, Finders Keepers, began in 1999, when a local artist first thought of glass floats as an intriguing way to launch the new millennium. Lincoln City sponsored the project, hosting the inaugural season in 1999-2000. Each year, tourists continue to come from around the country to search for their own brightly colored, signed and numbered glass float.

In days gone by, Oregon's coastal beaches were known to have treasures from the far-east: blown glass floats in intriguing shades of green and blue. Used by Japanese fishermen to float their nets, these spheres were as small as two inches or as large as two feet. They were collected, polished, and admired; the ultimate find for any dedicated beachcomber. Today fishing vessels around the world use buoyant plastic, making glass floats a rare find – except in Lincoln City where these treasures can be found every October through May during the Finders Keepers season.

This season 2,018 officially numbered glass floats will be carefully hidden along the 7.5-miles of pristine beach in Lincoln City, from Roads End on the north side of town to Siletz Bay on the south end. Floats can be found above the high tide line and below the beach embankment. If you find a glass float...you keep it!

Share your glass treasure discoveries on Lincoln City's social media channels. Post a photo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LincolnCityOregon, on Instagram or Twitter @LincolnCityOR.

The official handcrafted Finders Keepers glass floats will be signed and numbered, and when they are found, they become collector's items. Register your glass treasure and you will receive a certificate of authenticity and a biography of the artist who created the float. To register your float, call 541-996-1274, visit 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 a schedule of special glass art drops throughout the season visit Finders Keepers for more information.

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