Beachcomber Fall Guide

Sea Glass World Record Highlights Festival

Sep 19, 2018

Authentic sea glass jewelry, book signing by local authors, holiday ornaments, nautical home décor, local artwork and gift ideas are all part of the festivities of the LBI Sea Glass and Art Festival, running Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29, at Things A-Drift in Ship Bottom. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Owner/event coordinator Cheryl Kirby said that on Saturday, she is looking to set a first-ever Sea Glass World Record for most sea glass in a pile by weight. She said participants can pick up free, empty net bags from Things A-Drift anytime before the festival, then fill the net bags with authentic sea glass.

“Sea glass can be from anywhere, and should be minimum size of a U.S. dime with no sharp edges so it doesn’t go through the net holes,” she said.. “Bring bags to the festival to be weighed and tagged with your information, and placed into a pile of all participants’ bags. You must be present to sign up the day of the event to be part of the record. Each participant receives a certificate as proof they were part of the record. After the event, you will get all your sea glass back.”

On Saturday and Sunday is a best-shard contest. Sign-ups are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with judging at 3:30 on both days. Sea glass finds are judged to see who will be crowned best piece per category. Contestants may enter two pieces. Entries must be found, not purchased. Ribbons will be awarded to first, second and third places in the following categories: Best of LBI, Best of New Jersey, Best of the World and Best Overall.

Two other special events are planned for Sunday. A Wrack Line Sculpture Contest is taking sign-ups from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with judging at 1:30 p.m. All the materials used must be found on the beach, except for glue. You must have the sculpture made before the event starts. It can take any form, subject matter or size, but should fit on a table. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third places for adult and children divisions.

There is also a fossil and artifacts contest, with sign-ups 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and judging at 2:30. People can enter one beach find: a fossil, bone, archaeological/historical item, shark tooth, arrowhead or oddity. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third places.

Throughout the event,  Sara Caruso and Derek Yoost will be on hand to offer sea glass and fossil identification, respectively. 

For more information, call Kirby at 609-361-1668.

— Eric Englund

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