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Glass ball blows back into town

Published on October 2, 2018 3:21PM

For the past 20 years, Lincoln City has invited visitors from all over the world to have a ball while searching for glass treasures on the beach through the popular Finders Keepers program.

And now, tourism chiefs are bringing back a glass-themed celebration aimed squarely at locals with the return of the Finders Keepers Glass Ball on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Back by popular demand, the Glass Ball returns to kick-off the signature Finders Keepers promotion. Explore Lincoln City Director Ed Dreistadt said his department is proud to partner with local nonprofit Backpacks for Kids to bring the event back just in time for the 20th year of treasure hunting.

“Unlike the glass floats put out for guests to find, the Glass Ball is an event for locals,” Dreistadt said. “Everyone who attends will go home with a glass float as a thank-you for helping to host the guests who drive the economy of our town. It will be a night of music, fun and celebration of a program that is woven into the fabric of Lincoln City.”

The Glass Ball, formerly the Glass Gala, was an annual tradition that ran for many years before being discontinued in 2011.

The Finders Keepers Glass Ball will be held at 6 pm on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Beach Club & Event Center at 2020 NE 22nd Street. The all-ages event will include dinner, a no-host bar, live music and a silent auction.

Only 200 tickets are available, priced at $20 each. To purchase tickets, go to LCGlassBall.com or call 541-418-5468.

All proceeds from the silent auction will go to nonprofit Backpacks for Kids, which provides nutritious food for local students to take home at weekends.

Let this sink in

The 20th season of Finders Keepers kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 13. Beachcombers of all ages can visit Lincoln City’s seven miles of coastline and hunt for a brightly-colored glass float, each one carefully hidden by the Float Fairies.

“It’s been 20 years since the first locally-blown glass floats touched the sand, cleverly hidden for our guests to find as they walk our beautiful seven miles of beach,” Dreistadt said. “Finders Keepers has grown to be a phenomenon, with people flocking to Lincoln City in hopes of going home with the pinnacle of beach finds: a hand-blown glass float.”

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