Bridge Day is the largest extreme sports event in the world and is held on the third Saturday in October every year in Fayette County, West Virginia.
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Bridge Day was first celebrated in 1980 to commemorate the completion of the New River Gorge Bridge, the world's second longest single arch bridge. Today, it is rated one of the top 100 festivals in North America, and a must-see if you're planning an autumn vacation in southern West Virginia.
The festival is unique in that it is the only day visitors may walk across the bridge.
BASE jumpers can parachute from the railing and rappellers are allowed to descend and ascend fixed ropes. Vendors line both ends of the bridge selling crafts, shirts, photos, souvenirs, and refreshments. The spectacular fall foliage of the New River Gorge frames the event which is expected to attract hundreds of BASE jumpers and around 80,000 spectators this year.
"BASE" is an acronym which stands for the four categories of objects from which one can jump - Building, Antenna, Span (the word used for a bridge), and Earth (the word used for a cliff.) Although 876 feet is extremely high, it is a quick 8 seconds from the bridge to the water of the New River below. Most jumpers will fall from the bridge 3-4 seconds before deploying their parachute, and then spend the next 20-30 seconds floating down to the designated landing zone located at the water's edge.
If your vacation plans bring you to The Resort at Glade Springs in October, come enjoy Bridge Day, West Virginia's largest one-day festival!