The Grayland Driftwood Show & Glass Float Hunt is taking on a whole new dimension for its 57th year.
In addition to the usual tokens that can be traded in for colorful floats created by Opal Art Glass, beachcombers may find actual Japanese floats released earlier in the week by the Westport-South Beach Historical Society. (For details on the float release program, see the accompanying article at left.)
“Even if it’s raining, our hearts are in it,” said Carolyn Barker, director of the Community Hall and show committee member. “It’s really going to be a great year, I think.”
With Tanya Lana, Kay Grimes and Shari Deaton also stepping up to help organize and run this year’s show, everything has fallen together quite well, she added.
Several new attractions will be featured at the historic Grayland Community Hall this weekend, including a continuous slide presentation created by John Shaw, director of the Westport-South Beach Historical Society and the Westport Maritime Museum. Among the images will be interesting views of the South Beach as well as photos from past Driftwood Shows.
The hall also will be set with displays of rare beach finds – and anyone with interesting finds of their own will have the opportunity to show them to local beachcombing expert Alan Rammer, who for decades led the marine education and outreach program at the State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Also present for consultation will be Curt Ebbesmeyer, a retired American oceanographer.
In another first for the Driftwood Show, a trading table will be set up on stage where guests can trade their own pieces of driftwood or flotsam for other items brought by John Anderson, owner of John’s Beachcombing Museum in Ocean Shores.
About 20 vendors will be selling their wares at the hall, and of course the entries will be on display for the various competitions: driftwood (either all natural or adorned), photography (with the theme “coastal scenes”), glass floats, and flotsam/jetsam.
All contest entries must be taken to the hall for judging on Friday between 4 and 8 p.m. or Saturday morning between 7:30 and 8:30. No 3-D entry may exceed 24 inches in width; photo entries must be between 4×6 and 16×20 inches.
Judging will take place Saturday morning, and winners will be chosen before the Driftwood Show begins. In addition to first, second and third place within each category, two overall Best in Show ribbons will be awarded: one for an adult entry and one for a youth entry. Visitors may vote throughout the weekend for the People’s Choice award.
For the annual beach hunt, visitors will receive a map with the purchase a $4.50 “hunting license.” Numbered tokens are hidden on the beach within the area shown by the map, and hunters who find one can trade it in for the corresponding numbered glass float at the Opal Art Glass booth at the hall.
Unsuccessful token hunters may trade in their license for a raffle ticket. Tickets also will be available to other visitors. On Sunday at 3 p.m., any unclaimed glass floats plus three others designated specifically for this purpose will be raffled off.
Also up for raffle are a fishing trip on the charter boat Slammer out of Westport; a stay at the Westport Inn; and various other gift items donated by local businesses.
The show will be open from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, though donations toward the Grayland Community Hall’s upkeep will be graciously accepted.
Visit graylandcommunityhall.org for additional information.