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Brad Davis/The Register-HeraldA BASE jumper leaps off the diving board during a previous Bridge Day.

The adrenaline-filled weekend West Virginians know and love is finally making its return to the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville.

Bridge Day 2018 is upon us. 

With an array of activities for natives to take part in, and even those who visit from out of state, the Bridge Day 2018 event schedule offers something for all to enjoy. 

Festivities will kick-off Friday night with the annual Taste of Bridge Day festival, a family-oriented event showcasing the area’s restaurants and caterers who offer samples of their menu specialties.

Taste of Bridge Day will last from 5 to 9 p.m. at Smokey's on the Gorge located at 1 Ames Heights Road in Lansing and will also feature live music from the Krista Hughes Band. Bridge Day t-shirts will also be available to purchase. 

Adventures on the Gorge staff members said food samples for the festival range from $1 to $7.

"Depending on how many dishes you wish to sample, we recommend $20 per person." 

Fayetteville High School's homecoming parade will also begin at 5 p.m. at the school, and during the annual Bridge Jam concert later on in the evening, a Fayetteville High School All Class Reunion Tent will be on deck with heaters and chairs. The school's homecoming game will then begin at 7:30 p.m. 

According to Bridge Day officials, the Bridge Jam concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run through midnight. The concert will be located at Cascade Festival Grounds located on Maple Avenue in Fayetteville and will feature music from Don Risgby, Mountain Heart and Step into the Blue. 

Friday night's Bridge Day festivities will end with live music from Groundhog Gravy at Rendezvous Lodge at Adventures on the Gorge in Lansing from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. 

Saturday's Bridge Day events will begin bright and early at 7 a.m. as U.S. 19 closes off traffic on the bridge, and registration for the Bridge Day 5k run will begin at 7:30 a.m. The race is set to being at 9:15 a.m. 

According to Bridge Day organizers, shuttles transporting attendees to the bridge will begin running at 8:30 a.m, and designated parking lots for pickup include Walmart and Kroger in Fayetteville, Fayetteville High School, Lighthouse Worship Center and Midland Trail High School. 

At 9 a.m., the BASE jumping begins. BASE jumpers will be flying from the bridge up until 3 p.m., and attendees will have the opportunity to watch or walk along the bridge and visit the multiple vendor booths that will be set up. Organizers said Bridge Day t-shirts will be available at both the north and south side entrances. 

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Bridge Day Car Show will be at the Gorge Gateway Center on Laurel Creek Road in Fayetteville. 

According to organizers, Smokey's on the Gorge in Lansing will host a Bridge Day Throwback Lunch Buffet from noon to 9 p.m. Lunch is $24.95 for adults and $10 for those between 5 and 10-years old. For dinner, the cost for adults is $39.95 and $15 for those between 5 and 10-years old. 

The Bridge Jam Concert will continue Saturday from noon until midnight at the Cascade Festival Grounds. Music will include performances from Common Houses, noon; The Company Stores, 2:30 p.m.; Fletchers Grove, 4:30 p.m.; Fruition, 6:30 p.m.; Railroad Earth, 8:30 p.m.; Step into the Blue, 10:30 p.m.

A local Fayetteville favorite, Black Garlic, will also be performing live in downtown Fayetteville from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

From 3 to 5:30 p.m., the Chili-Cook-off and Craft Brew Festival will take place in down Fayetteville to wind down the evening. 

To end this year's festivities, The Wild Rumpus will perform live at Rendezvous Lodge at Adventures on the Gorge in Lansing from 8 to 11 p.m.

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