The Grayland Community Hall will again be the site of the 56th annual Driftwood Show and Glass Float Hunt this weekend.
The annual glass float hunt is a big draw.
“We put sand-colored tokens on a stretch of beach,” said event organizer Tanya Lee. “If you find a token you bring it back and get a hand-etched, numbered float.” Opal Art Glass in Cosmopolis created and provided the unique glass floats.
Anyone participating in the hunt must purchase a “hunting license,” available at the event between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Those license holders who do not find a token on the beach can drop the license into a pot for a chance to win a glass float through a drawing. Any remaining floats will be auctioned off, said Lee.
There will also be a best-in-show award given to the favorite beachcombers entry in several categories: original, unaltered, altered adult, altered child, photography, flotsam and jetsam.
Oceanographers will be on hand to examine beachcombers’ finds. “The same two oceanographers have been doing this for years,” said Lee.
The event also features a kids’ garbage pickup. Lee said they collect hundreds of pounds of trash each year and the children are rewarded with candy donated by local businesses.
There will be vendors both in and outside the hall, and there will be musical entertainment provided by April and Paul Van Dyke, with a mix of jazz, favorites from the 1960s and ‘70s, oldies and requests.
Lee figures about 20 vendors have signed on for the weekend. The Maritime Museum has donated prints of historical photos, which will be featured throughout the hall.
Proceeds raised by the event go toward upgrades constantly needed by the community hall, which has been around since the 1940s.
“We’re $20,000 into revamping the electrical system,” said Lee. Last year the proceeds helped with foundation work on the building, which in years past has been home to dances and basketball games.
Event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The hall is located at 2071 Cranberry Road in Grayland.