The PD13 motorcycle rally is considered by some to be the little party that grew. It all began when a couple of dozen biker friends of a local bike shop owner got together to party in 1981. They had a fine time and decided to gather again every Friday the 13th after that. Over the years, their numbers have grown considerably. So much, in fact that when the date falls during the summer months, quaint Port Dover's population grows from 6,000 to well over 150,000 - and a huge numbers of those visitors arrive by bike.
This year, Friday the 13th appeared on the calendar three times - in February, March and right now in November - the 60th such event. My sister happens to live in Port Dover and I was visiting her for a few days in March. Below are some photos depicting a few of the scenes and some of the characters who add to the charm of PD13.
Shop windows were all decked out for this busy event.
As one might expect, it was a cold and rather blustery day on the northern shore of Lake Erie in March.
Some bikes were parked.
Others rolled along through Main Street while people strolled in between them to cross the roads.
Indoors and out, vendors were busy making sales.
The girl behind this cheerful smile sold me one of the black jerseys to commemorate the day.
All lined up in a row.
It sure wasn't as crowded as it gets during the warmer summer months but considering the cold, and that there had just been a Friday the 13th four weeks earlier, the turnout wasn't bad.
There was a whole lot of leather everywhere you looked.
Nobody seemed to mind being caught on camera.
I'm sure that some were even intent upon being photographed. Check out the shoulder poodle.
Many of these faces would really stand out in a crowd if it weren't for the fact that this crowd was full of these characters.
Some of these guys have been attending PD13 for many years.
You could buy pretty much any motorcycle-related accessory here.
Although I don't think that's where he got his little riding buddy - The A&W Root Bear.
And this brings us to "the end" of Friday the 13th in Port Dover. Next PD13 is in May, 2016 - the only one of the year.
Eventually, I'll share some other photos I took around town. Until then, have a look at this video from when Rick Mercer featured Port Dover on his show in October 2013. You'll get a better idea of the crowds which were still small compared to summertime.