I’m pretty sure bikers outnumbered non-bikers like myself, but there were plenty of curious admirers Sunday in downtown Anacortes for Oyster Run 2003. Bikers started arriving in town Friday, and most started leaving Sunday afternoon. Street vendors were busy under Sunday’s sun, selling inventory ranging from hot food to Harley Davidson boots and t-shirts. Entertainment included the Seattle Cossack and Tenino motorcycle drill teams (which I missed!). One of these photos shows a plateful of oysters just before they were devoured by couple of hungry women. There was live music at several locations, including the parking lot of the Chamber of Commerce. I heard a crowd estimate of 30,000 on this year’s event, often referred to as “the last big event of summer” on Fidalgo Island.
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
Photos are available for use as prints and online use. Please contact me for pricing.
$12 for 5 X 7 inch archival print, mailing included.