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7:38 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Wallenda walks the wire at Erie County Fair

Outlined against the setting sun, Nik Wallenda walked the high wire Sunday night at the Erie County Fair while thousands watched

Nik Wallenda talked with reporters about his Sunday night stroll high above the Erie County Fair.
Nik Wallenda talked with reporters about his Sunday night stroll high above the Erie County Fair.
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Using a microphone as he walked, Wallenda was able to speak to spectators as he inched along a wire suspended 1,400 above the ground.

Halfway through the walk, Wallenda took off his state-mandated safety tether. He finished the walk with a safety net being wheeled along below.

"It is really cool. It's amazing," said spectator Tyler Tanevski.

Tanevski may have been speaking for the many in attendance Sunday night.

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Wallenda says he was at the fair when he was a kid with the family high-wire show.

"I remember seeing [a sign reading]: Welcome to the Erie County Fair, because I always hosted the show at that age," Wallenda told reporters.

"It was down the hill over here that we performed. It's exciting and fun to come back to a place where I was 13 years old."

Volunteer firefighters from the area were asked to hold the ropes used to stabilize the wire while Wallenda walked.