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If you are really lucky, you might find a pretty different kind of treasure.

Colorful glass floats are hidden almost every day at Lincoln City beaches on the central Oregon coast, part of a local tourism organization Explore Lincoln City that organizes 3,000 floats each year.

If you missed out on the inaugural Opening Day drop on January 8 and 9, dont worry, there will be a lot more opportunities.

Among those who have taken the option of dropping off floats every day, there are 15 extra special drops. Those are also scheduled to happen for days with severe weather or unusually high tides.

Explore Lincoln City has arranged a glass float hidden on a beach in Lincoln City, a part of the Finders Keepers program that "drops" floats daily.

Locally made glass floats are ready to be hidden on Lincoln City beaches, a part of the Finders Keepers program that drops floats on the central Oregon coast beaches daily.Courtesy of Explore Lincoln City

Floats are placed by secretive "float fairies," who leave them in visible locations between the high tide line and the beach embankment. Stephanie Hull, events and outreach coordinator for Explore Lincoln City, said the floats are meant to be found easily by whoever is lucky enough to stumble upon them first.

We want them to be found, Hull said. Finders Keepers is a great blend of art and outdoors. It's a great way to encourage visitors to explore our beaches and the surrounding areas and experience seven miles of beach, and even find a beautiful keepsake.

The next big drop on the calendar is the Antique Week event, which will feature 100 antique Japanese floats distributed along the seven miles of beach in Lincoln City between February 12 and 21.

Fishers, especially in Japan, use glass floating boats to keep their nets floating in the water. Air inside the glass orbs would keep them buoyant, a feature that also allowed them to travel thousands of miles across the ocean.

Since glass floats are no longer used in fishing, finding them on Oregon beaches is a rarity today. In the late 1990s, a group of Lincoln City artists decided to start making their own glass floats to take place on the beaches, an idea that would become Finders Keepers.

Explore Lincoln City decided to make Finders Keepers a year-round event, with a full calendar of special drops addition to the daily ones. The program was put on hold in 2020, but was revived in 2021.

Keepers Keepers Keepers Keepers Keepers Keepers Keepers Keepers Keepers Keepers Keepers Keepers Keepers Keepers keepers keepers keepers keepers keepers keepers keepers keepers keepers, which are restricted only by the public's interests and the number of people willing to volunteer as "float fairies" Floating fairies means it can grow or shrink, evolving to meet the needs or the needs of the community that supports it, according to Hull.

Who knows what future events or ideas will come from this," she said. You never know whats going to come up, she said.

Explore Lincoln City offers a glass float hidden on a beach in Lincoln City, part of the Finders Keepers program, which drops floats on the central Oregon coast beaches daily.

A glass float is hidden on a beach in Lincoln City, part of the Finders Keepers program that drops floats daily on the central Oregon coast beaches.

How do someone go about finding a float? Hull said the best advice is to not actually seek a float, but rather enjoy the scenery and allow it to come to you, regardless of whether its a fossil, a whole sand dollar, or a big agate.

Hull said: Don't overthink it or stress out

Each float comes with instructions on how to or by phone, a process that helps Explore Lincoln City know that each float is successfully found. Once you register your float, the organization will send you a certificate of authenticity and information about the artist who made the float.

Here's the Finders Keepers' "special drop" schedule for 2022:

Opening Weekend: 100 floats (Note this date change due to king tides on January 1-3)

The Japanese antique week begins January 12-21 100 floats.

Valentines Day: 50 Red/pink/white flotts

March 19-April 3 - Spring Break: 200 floats

Earth Day: 50 Earth Day floats on April 22-24

Mother's Day: 50 floats are on display from May 7-9.

Memorial Day: 50 Red/White/Blue floats

Summer Kite: 10 Hope floats on June 25-26

Casino Anniversary: 27 floats in June TBD:

Father's Day: 50 floats in June 18-19

College Ball: 20 Green/yellow and 20 Orange/black floats on September 3-5

50 Red/white/blue floats Celebration of Honor: September TBD

Fall Kite: 10 Hope floats on October 1-2

The day of November 24-27 Thanksgiving: 50 inflatable floats

Dec. 10-11 Basketball: 50 Red/black floats

Winter Break: 50 floats on December 19-25

--Jamie Hale; 503-294-4077;

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