60 Moments: Bridge Day Festival

Go jump off of a bridge! If you’re on the New River Gorge Bridge on the third Saturday of October, that’s exactly what you’ll see.

This is Bridge Day, the one day of the year when daredevils can legally take the 900 foot leap to the river below.

The New River Gorge Bridge is second largest arch bridge in the world and connects Route 60 with the West Virginia Turnpike in Fayette County.

It took nearly four years to build, and was dedicated on October 22, 1977.

For the past 29 years, Bridge Day has become ground zero for people who live on the edge.

Organizers say it has become the largest extreme sports event in the world.

And for the tens-of-thousands of non-thrill seekers who turn out to watch, they too get their own thrill -- a chance to walk across what many say is the symbol of West Virginia.

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