There’s going to be motorcycles galore this weekend for this annual event

The annual Oyster Run in Anacortes is this weekend.
The annual Oyster Run in Anacortes is this weekend. McClatchy

Expect a sharp rise in motorcycles on many roads in Whatcom and Skagit counties this weekend as part of the annual Oyster Run in Anacortes.

Held every September since 1981, the Oyster Run started as a small gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts. It’s now considered the largest motorcycle event in the Northwest, drawing thousands of riders.

There’s no official start, no time schedule and no route, but motorcyclists often ride scenic Chuckanut Drive to and from downtown Anacortes, where from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday there’s a festival of music, street vendors and food.

Washington State Patrol will have extra troopers on the road with particular focus on aggressive, impaired and distracted drivers, said Trooper Heather Axtman.

Axtman said drivers should be alert to increased motorcycle traffic.

For details on the 36th annual event, go online to oysterrun.org.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty