Special events planned for the 175th Erie County Fair in August include a high-wire act by daredevil Nik Wallenda and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's first solo concert at the fair in nearly 60 years.
Daredevil Nik Wallenda is back in the City of Niagara Falls for the first time since his high-wire stunt over the Horseshoe Falls two months ago.
The purpose of the visit is to scout out possible locations for a family entertainment center. While the attraction could end up on either side of the river, Wallenda says his heart is on the U.S. side.
High-wire daredevil Nik Wallenda has raised the money he was seeking to help cover last month's successful walk over Niagara Falls.
Wallenda had issue his financial request on the fundraising Website indiegogo.com. A check of Wallenda's request page indicates that he raisers $50,421 by the end of the June 30 deadline he set for himself. The amount raised surpasses his $50,000 goal.
The daredevil wire walk of Nik Wallenda is set to begin at about 10:12 p.m. Friday.
WBFO & AM-970 has a team already in place at Goat Island in Niagara Falls, New York. Reporters Chris Caya and Daniel Robison arrived Friday morning to be in place for the night's walk. WNED-TV's Eileen Elibol is also on site taking photos for WBFO & AM-970.
We will provide live, on-air coverage Friday night starting at 10 p.m. on 88.7 FM & AM 970.
It may be an unattractive truth, but the chance of injury, or even death, draws interest in events like Nik Wallenda's walk across Niagara Falls.
That's according to Professor David Schmid of the University at Buffalo, who told WBFO and AM970's Jim Ranney that he was disappointed, like many others, that Wallenda agreed to wear a safety harness during the Friday night walk.
Nonetheless, Schmid says he'll be watching like millions of others.
Niagara Falls has long been a magnet for daredevils, but strict laws have kept them away for more than a century. That's expected to change Friday, when circus performer Nik Wallenda will walk a two-inch-thick wire above the giant waterfall. It's an exception officials hope will rescue tourism — and the city's economy.
State Senator George Maziarz was a key player in bringing the high-wire dare-devil act of Nik Wallenda to Niagara Falls in hopes of generating an international tourism event to boost the local economy.
WBFO & AM-970'S Eileen Buckley talked to Maziarz about final preparations for the event and Wallenda's call out to citizens to offer financial support for next Friday's high wire walk over Niagara Falls.
As Nik Wallenda's walk across the Niagara Gorge gets closer, park authorities on both sides of the gorge are unveiling their plans for June 15.
Officials are expecting thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of people to show up and see what is expected to be a 35-40 minute walk by the aerialist across the gorge. That means thousands of pedestrians and the need to find space for thousands of cars.
Complications continue arise in Nik Wallenda's high wire walk across the falls.
Sponsors for the event are posing challenges which would require Wallenda to wear a safety device and to reverse course to walk from the Canadian side to the American shore. The state has yet to weigh in on whether there will be a fee to view the event. Wallenda wants it to be free of charge.
The News reports that the Wallenda camp is confident that all issues will be resolved.
The first in a series of test walks was performed by daredevil Nik Wallenda Saturday morning.
Wallenda strode a wire that was strung between a pair of cranes outside of the Seneca Niagara Casino. He is preparing for his scheduled high-wire walk above Niagara Falls next month. The practice run drew hundreds of onlookers, many who came early to get a good spot for watching the spectacle. The Buffalo News reports that Wallenda is planning to hold two practice sessions every day through May 22, both morning and afternoon walks.
Famed tightrope walker Nik Wallenda appeared in Niagara Falls, New York Monday morning to announce the official date of his walk across the Falls.
Wallenda said he will conduct his highly anticipated walk on June 15th. Wallenda appeared with state and local Niagara Parks Commission to announce his highwire act that will take place across the Niagara Gorge. Wallenda received both U.S. and Canadian approval for the event.
Wallenda will make the approximate 1,800 foot crossing above the world-renowed Horeshoe Falls.