STANFORD — The Stanford Art and Music Festival got off to a record-breaking start of sorts Friday afternoon, when 83-year-old Joanne Bright strapped in to experience a little bungie-jumping action.
As she waited near the bright yellow bungee contraption brought to Stanford for the city's biggest annual tourism event, Bright said she wanted to experience the high-jumping trampoline ride because it's something she had never done before.
"I just think it would be fun," the Stanford senior said. "My thing in life is sailing on a sailboat. The stronger the wind, the better I like it. So I'm an adventurous person anyway, I think."
Janelle Noble with the Nashville-based entertainment company Zero Gravity said Bright is now the oldest jumper the company has ever entertained on the ride.
The previous record-holder was an 82-year-old at the Moonshine Festival in Salina, Tenn.
Zero Gravity has been operating since 2007, said Roland Corpuz, the company's owner and ride operator.
Bright, who turns 84 in November, said she's been married 62 years but she didn't warn her husband beforehand what she was going to attempt.
She did tell her son and daughter-in-law, both of whom warned her "not to break a leg," she said.
"If you're going to break a leg, you might as well do it right," Bright said just before her jumping session began.
Several dozen jumps, a few leg-kicks and one big "woo-hoo!" later, Bright was back on solid ground, unhurt and smiling.
"That felt wonderful," she said.
The Stanford Music and Art Festival continues in downtown Stanford until 10 p.m. tonight, and resumes again on Saturday with a 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. Registration for the 5K is at 7 a.m.
Here's the Friday schedule:
3 p.m.: Information center opens and bidding begins on silent auction items, First Southern Community Art Center. Scarecrows contest, all entries on display outside First Southern Community Art Center.
4 p.m.: Vendors set up; open at 6 p.m.
5-9 p.m.: Main Street shuts down for motorcycle cruise in, sponsored by Westwood Choppers.
6-9 p.m.: 4-H Carnival, grassy area behind art center. Wagon rides — pick up on Main Street and L&N Depot.
6-7 p.m.: Fort Logan Pio neers Square Dancing.
7 p.m.: Miss Stanford Beauty Pageant, First Southern Community Art Center.
7-7:30 p.m.: BeFallen, main stage.
7:30-8 p.m.: Jim Allen, country artist, main stage.
8-9 p.m.: Mary Kutter,country recording artist, main stage.
9-10 p.m.: Country/rock band Tangent, main stage.