Hamburg, NY (WBEN) - What does the Erie County Fair have in common with Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon? Not much now, but after next year they will have all been under the foot, and wire, of daredevil Nik Wallenda.
Wallenda announced his plans today to walk high above the Fair next year at a news conference promoting next year's event, which will be the 175th edition of the Fair.
"As I went on top of that ferris wheel looking out over the fair," Wallenda said, "my vision would be to walk over the top of the entire fair, right over mid-way and end up at the grandstand."
Wallenda said that he hopes the wire for the walk would be at least 200 feet in the air, which he says would be higher than his walk across Niagara Falls. He said that there was no way he could see himself wearing a tether for the walk.
Wallenda also commented on the possibility of opening a tourist attraction on the American side of the Falls.
"It's almost to the point, in my opinion, where you have to go to Canada to stay somewhere nice with the family" Wallenda said. "I want that for our country. I want that on our side of the border, and that's the big picture with using my name, my brand, and hopefully having a theater there that I would perform in six months out of the year."
"There's a lot of ideas" said Wallenda, whose vision for the Falls is as grand as his stunts. "I want it to be a permanent facility with an indoor water park and a place for families to come similar to the Great Wolf Lodge."
Local lawmakers say they're behind the idea, but many Western New Yorkers aren't holding their breath waiting ground to be broken on a new attraction. Wallenda, on the other hand, is much more optimistic.
"There's nothing impossible, I think I've started to prove that to some people. You can do anything in life if you set your mind to it."