What No One Knows About Bridge DayOctober 13, 2009
Around here, those are some big words. Everyone knows that Bridge Day is the largest festival in West Virginia. We also know that it has to be seen to be believed. It’s a spectacle.
That much, we can all agree on. Bridge Day is about as cool as it gets. But there are always other rumors, and questions, and misunderstandings about what’s going on from year to year.
So, we’re here to tell you, with this blog post, some of those little Bridge Day secrets that will make you the authority when it comes to info on the big day. We’ve put together a group of facts, trivia, and logistical info for you to jump into (get it? oosh- sorry) before Bridge Day arrives.
No need to thank us 🙂
1. Bridge Day sells more funnel cake per capita than any other festival in the country. Actually, we’re just basing that on our own love of funnel cake. Don’t quote us on that one.
Jumpers have to qualify for the lottery to get a pass to jump It’s first-come, first-served until all 450 slots are gone and they always sell out. There’s always a ton of confusion about this one from us, the un-jumping public, on this one. They have to have 140 100 skydive jumps before getting a ticket for the bridge. Once they get their spot, they can jump as many times as they like from open to close. For more information for B.A.S.E. jumpers, visit http://www.bridgeday.info.
3. Bridge Day 2009 is on Saturday, October 17. Okay, not so secret.
4. Taste Of Bridge Day, the eating party with all the restaurants from the New River Gorge cooking their best dishes, is on Friday night before the big day. This party is in contention with Bridge Day itself for best event of the weekend.
5. The First Annual Bridge Day Chili Cookoff will start just after the festivities on the bridge end on Saturday, and has one of the greatest slogans of any chili cookoff ever. Ready for it? “Jumping. Beans.” Get it? Awesome.
6. Bridge Day is as much about rappelling as it is about jumping. The ropes hanging off of the bridge on Bridge Day are from 750 to 800 feet long. There’s also a zipline hanging off the bridge that’s open to the public, if you can believe that. You should, because it’s true.
7. The Bridge Day website has every single piece of information about bridge day ever released. If you have any questions about the event, click on over there to check it out.
8. All of your photos, videos, and comments can be shared with the entire world (and definitely the Bridgeday audience) by tagging them with #bridgeday when you upload to Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, or Twitter. You can then check out everything that everyone has said about the festival by going to the social media newsroom at Bridge Day social media newsroom
9. All of the New River Gorge rafting outfitters have Bridge Day specials. It’s one thing to go to a festival like this one, but it’s another thing entirely to show up via whitewater raft.
10. No bungee jumping.
Questions? We’d love to answer them. Get in touch with us, and we can help plan your Bridge Day this year. Otherwise, see you on the Bridge!