Wallenda to attempt record tightrope walk at 2015 state fair

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:35 am

Nik Wallenda, an internationally-known daredevil renowned for his extreme tightrope walking stunts, will attempt to complete his longest walk yet at the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair.

Wallenda’s act will challenge him to walk above the Milwaukee Mile racetrack for 1,560 feet. The walk will suspend him more than 10 stories above the track as he crosses a wire no wider than a nickel, according to state fair officials.

The walk is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the act will go on sale on Tuesday, March 21, at www.wistatefair.com and at the fair’s ticket office, 7722 W. Greenfield Ave. Tickets, which will admit fairgoers into the grandstand, cost $15.

Wallenda is a nine-time World Record holder and is part of the seventh generation of the “Great Wallenda” family, famous for their storied history of tightrope walking. Among Wallenda’s most recent feats was a November 2014 walk he completed between two skyscrapers in downtown Chicago. Wallenda’s trek started at 588 feet and ascended him to 671 feet. He completed the walk in 20 minutes, even as he was blindfolded for part of the stunt.

Wallenda’s career has also included successful wire-walking feats across Niagara Falls and across the Grand Canyon, both of which added to his collection of World Records. He set his first World Record in Japan for a four-layer, eight-person pyramid act on a high wire in 2001.

The daredevil has been tightrope walking since age 2 and performing professionally since age 13.

The 2015 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will run from Thursday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 16. For more information on the 2015 fair’s entertainment lineup, visit its website.

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