Bridge Day boosts economy in southern West Virginia

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FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WVNS) — Every year for the last 40 years, thousands of people flock to Fayetteville for the famous Bridge Day event. Organizers for are expecting anywhere from 80,000 to 100,000 people to be in the area on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Fayetteville Mayor, Sharon Cruikshank, said at least 80,000 people will be spending money on hotels, food, and even gas.

“Little shop owners and people want to buy those souvenirs and items,” Cruikshank said. “And then those people in turn, they support their civic groups and churches with different things. So I mean it’s just just a huge boom not only again for West Virginia, Fayette County and Fayetteville it’s just the whole picture.”

Cruikshank said along with bringing in thousands of tourists from different states and countries, it also brings many locals back for reunions.

“So people that have been coming for Bridge Day since the bridge opened in 1977,” Cruikshank said. “So it’s really neat to see all those people. We have a lot of history in our anniversary booklet, which we just got in here at the chamber.”

After Bridge Day, the streets of downtown Fayetteville will be packed with visitors for the highly anticipated chili cook off.

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