Parachutists to gather in West Virginia for Bridge Day
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Thrillseekers from across the globe are converging on West Virginia for an annual bridge-jumping event.
Saturday’s Bridge Day festival in Fayetteville is being held for the 38th year. It is the one day a year that it’s legal to jump off the 876-foot high span across the New River Gorge.
Hundreds of BASE-jumping parachutists make the annual leap off the bridge. The acronym BASE stands for the places from which jumpers usually leap: buildings, antennae, spans and earth.
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 river below. Also available to anyone for $159 will be an 800-foot-long high line slide that drops 300 vertical feet.
The 3,030-foot-long bridge opened to traffic in October 1977.