Commission Members react on canceling Bridge Day

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WOAY)- The Bridge Day Commission announced Wednesday it had decided to cancel one of the busiest events in West Virginia due to uncertainties around the safety of mass gatherings.

“We have vendors, participants, spectators, and volunteers. The volunteers make Bridge Day happen. So with these uncertainties, that’s when we decided to cancel Bridge Day,” said Commission Chair Becky Sullivan.

Bridge Day, which is the largest one-day event in West Virginia, on average, the event brings in over 100,000 people on a given day. This year it was scheduled to take place on October 7th.

“And we tried to push it back to July, push it back to August and hoping that our numbers would get better not worst, but as we all well know, the numbers have increased and to be very careful, we just decided there’s no way going forward. We talked to the Department of Health, we talk to a couple of the doctors, and we don’t see any improvement,” said Bridge Day Commission Member Denise Scalph.

Bridge Day is the Region’s signature event and celebrates the New River Gorge Bridge, park service, and all outdoor adventures.

“We are going to have one heck if a celebration, so we’re starting to think creatively about how to make it even better than it has been for the last numbers of years,” said Scalph.

Additional updates will be available on the Bridge Day website.