Beachcomber exhibit submissions now being accepted

Submissions are now being accepted for exhibit categories in the 26th annual Beachcombers Fun Fair at the Ocean Shores Convention Center March 2-3.

This year, there are more than 40 categories that include beachcombing finds, artwork, photos, crafts, floats, mosaics and collages, driftwood, beach glass, and flower arrangements to name some.

There is a junior division for ages 12 and under.

Helen Lord at the Visitor Information Center urges early submissions for the exhibits, which can also be brought to the Convention Center on Friday March 1 for entry into the exhibition contests. Exhibitor entrants attend free on both days of the fair.

For more information, call the Ocean Shores Visitor Information Center at (360) 289-9586 or at 1-800-76-BEACH.

In addition to the exhibits, collections and beach-related artwork, he Beachcombers event includes two days of sessions with local, national and international experts. Two of the sessions on Sunday, March 3 examine tsunamis, from a report on the sate Tsunami Debris Task Force at 11 a.m. to a session on Transpacific tsunamis by Brian Atwater, professor of earth and space sciences with the University of Washington and USGS. There will be a session on shorebird migration along the Washington coast and Puget Sound, a presentation by oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, also on tsunami debris, and a session all about sea glass by Pacific Asian Research Associates author Dr. Deacon Ritterbush.

Another annual tradition continues with a beach walk with noted local beachcomber and retired marine education specialist Alan Rammer, who also will present the 7:30 p.m. Saturday session on “The Life of Razor Clams.”

Admission is $3 for adults and teens, $1 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Admission includes entry to the fair and to speakers on both days, with children’s special activity on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.