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8th Annual Perrine Bridge Festival Kicks Off
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )
The Perrine Bridge Festival is the perfect place for BASE jumpers like Miles Daisher to come together.
After all, Daisher founded the event in 2005 with his wife Nikki.
Says Miles, "It's great to be able to help the community that embraces us."
Adds Nikki, "there will be BASE jumping all day. I never know what to expect but it's always fun."
Jim Brennerman is a first time BASE jumper from Boise. He spent the weekend training and learning how to safely BASE jump. Says Brennerman, "I got five in yesterday and two in today for a total of seven. It is scary thinking about it coming down here but once I got doing it, I think climbing over the rail is the hardest part."
People come to the event from all over.
Miles adds, "We've got people from over four countries, nine states, there's thirty-five people that are jumping and that's just this weekend. People come from all over the world."
Adds Martin MacDonald, who flew in for Michigan for the festival, "This is the only legal BASE jump year round in the United States so we love this."
The festival isn't just for fun. Over the years it's been able to raise over $150,000 for kids in need in the Magic Valley area.
Says Nikki, "It means a lot because I work with these kids and I really get to see these kids benefit from it so it’s been great."
Never a dull moment, Miles and his friends tried for a world record for the tallest dunk tank.
If approved, that would be the second world record Miles was a part of in Twin Falls.
Back in 2005, he jumped off the Perrine Bridge 57 times in a twenty–four hour period.
The festival continues this into Saturday. There will be a 5k Fun Run, Obstacle Course for kids, and a run, bike, paddle event.
BASE jumping activities will resume after an opening ceremony at 12:00 p.m.