Men In Black Birthday Bash 2023
Summer Saucer Search Clue #1!

Celebrate our regional UFO history and 1947’s “Summer of the Saucers” with MIBBB Fest’s 2023 Summer Saucer Search game, presented by Explore Seattle Southside, Four Points by Sheraton, and all South King Media blogs!

The goal of this new game is to be the first to find an out-of-this-world object hiding in plain sight (on public property) by solving clues provided here and released twice daily (at Noon & 5 p.m.), from June 14-18, 2023 (Wednesday through Sunday).

It’s FREE – register here:


“From the sky, fiery ‘slag’ struck my boat with might,
Six large flying objects — a mesmerizing sight.
Over Maury Island, they roamed the air,
Unleashing mysteries and intrigue beyond compare.”

Harold Dahl’s account revealed a remarkable tale,
His son and dog aboard a boat under the UFOs’ trail.
The first recorded sighting in history was made,
“The Summer of the Saucers” had begun to cascade.

Welcome to your “Summer Saucer Search” quest,
Embarking on a journey, putting rumors to the test.
Just as in ‘47 when the first ‘man in black’ arrived,
Questioning Dahl’s sighting, the truth to be derived.

Your mission is set to investigate this claim,
Des Moines, SeaTac, Tukwila, the prize is your aim!
Nine clues to follow, leading you the right way,
In mad a race to find it — only one team wins the day!


Want to spend just one day in the community solving a puzzle? The daily Mini-Search – independent from the Summer Saucer Search – is for you! Send your solutions here for confirmation of your success:


“They looked into the stars,

And fire fell upon them,

You don’t have to enter,

To recognize the sign,

And make sport of counting the hollow saucers.”

Question: Where is this? How many rings?


Many have searched for the truth behind the infamous “Summer of the Saucers” in 1947, when Americans reported multiple sighting of flying discs. One prominent sighting, the Maury Island Incident, included the first reported appearance of the iconic Men in Black. Now, the Men In Black Birthday Bash Festival (“MIBBB Fest”) celebrates this search for knowledge with a new Summer Saucer Search.

What is the Summer Saucer Search?

A free, real-world search with daily clues from June 14-18, 2023.  Teams compete to solve clues to find an out-of-this-world object hiding in plain sight. The game is designed by PlayMasons, the creators of real-world puzzles for Bumbershoot and many other Seattle search games. Clues will be announced daily.

Daily Mini-Search

Visiting the region for just one day?Want to spend an hour or two exploring? Or looking to be surprised by a new and wonderful business, park, activity, or story? Each day, a separate and independent Mini-Search will commence with the announcement of the daily Mini-Search clue. The Mini-Search will target a location with a clue that can be solved at that location.

How does it work? 

Each day, two Summer Saucer Search clues will be released (at 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m.). The separate Mini-Search clue will be released at 12:00 noon. All clues will be posted on all the South King Media news blogs:

While you may be searching to solve clues in some of these South King County cities, no clue will ever require you to access private property, a closed business premises, or climb, dig, or balance. You must read and agree to the OFFICIAL RULES before participating as an individual or a team.

The Prizes

In addition to fame, satisfaction, and respect, winners will receive two passes to the opening night of 2023’s MIBBB Fest, dubbed 6/22 for the anniversary date of the Maury Island Incident on June 22, 1947. As champion, the winning team will also receive, among other prizes, two passes to all of next year’s 2024 MIBBB Fest events; a single overnight stay at Four Points by Sheraton in Des Moines; gift card from Marina Mercantile; and more to be announced.

When does it start? 

Registration is open now at

The first Summer Saucer clue will be released at Noon on Wednesday, June 14, 2023. The last clue will be published at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, 2023, with clues scheduled to be published here starting June 14 at Noon and 5 p.m. daily!

And yes, until the puzzle is solved, you can always “catch up!”