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  • Security amped up at Bridge Day

    Security amped up at Bridge Day

    FAYETTEVILLE, W. Va (WVVA)-- With all the activities going on, there was a huge police presence at Bridge Day above the New River Gorge in Fayetteville. But before entering the bridge, visitors underwentMore >>
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  • Hundreds of Vendors Line up For Bridge Day

    Hundreds of Vendors Line up For Bridge Day

    FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA)- More than 100 vendors from all across the country set up over the New River Gorge to show off their arts and crafts.Not only did people shop around for their favorite items but mostMore >>
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FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) -- Thrillseekers from across the globe are converging on Fayetteville for the annual Bridge Day festival.

Saturday's event is the 34th year for the Bridge Day festival. It is the one day a year that it's legal to jump off the 876-foot high span across the New River Gorge.

More than 80,000 people are expected to walk across the bridge. Rappellers also will make their way from a cat walk under the bridge to the water below.

More than 450 BASE jumpers also registered to leap off the bridge. The acronym BASE stands for the places from which jumpers usually leap: buildings, antennae, spans and earth.

Those who have signed up come from 8 countries and more than 40 states. The youngest is 20 years old and the oldest is 84.

 

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