NEW RIVER GORGE —
For the first time ever, all the Bridge Day action can be at your fingertips if you download the official Bridge Day application for your Smartphone.
The app is designed to help you get the most out of the Bridge Day experience. It includes:
* Vendor information;
* Event information;
* Parking details;
* Access to the Bridge Day blog; and
* Barcode scanner.
And, it also includes a postcard feature which allows you to send special Bridge Day notes to friends and family.
Helping sponsor the app will be Subaru, Tamarack, The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, the New River Gorge Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Digital Relativity.
Get the app for your iPhone or Android phone today.
To download, go to either iPhone’s app store of the Android market and type in Bridge Day 2011.
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Bridge Day, the state’s largest one-day festival, also is known as the world’s largest extreme sports festival. On the third Saturday of each October, BASE jumpers travel to Fayette County, West Virginia, and the New River Gorge to indulge legally their love of the sport.
BASE jumpers are so named by the acronym which represents the four objects from which they launch themselves into the air: Buildings, Antenna, Span and Earth. In Fayette County each October, the allure of leaping 876 feet into the New River Gorge is the attraction. The festival atmosphere, all the people, and the beautiful fall colors don’t hurt any either.
The impressive New River Gorge Bridge itself attracts many of the visitors to Bridge Day, the only day of the year it is legal to walk across the bridge on the roadway.
Combine the excitement of that once-a-year opportunity with the pageantry and adrenaline of the BASE jumpers, as well as the steady determination of more than 20 teams of rappellers dangling from the undercarriage of the bridge, add gorgeous fall weather, friends old and new, and a huge group of quality vendors offering food, wares and information on a wide array of topics, not to mention activities in nearby Fayetteville, and your day is complete.
For a more detailed look at the festival and what it entails, see the special tabloid inside this week's print edition.