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Darien Lake expected to announce performance by Nik Wallenda this summer

The daredevil who walked across Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon on a tightrope will perform at Darien Lake this summer, according to a source who was briefed on the plan.

Nik Wallenda will bring his high-wire act to the Genesee County theme park, Darien Lake officials are expected to announce at a news conference this morning.

Wallenda, who walked between the New York and Ontario sides of Niagara Falls in June 2012, is expected to be on hand for the announcement.

Wallenda previously announced his intention to perform at this year’s Erie County Fair for the its 175th anniversary. He wants to walk from one end of the fair to another, on a wire hung by cranes between near South Park Avenue and near McKinley Parkway.

A performance is now planned at this year’s fair, the source said.

Wallenda’s walk over the falls less than two years ago drew international attention, with more than 13 million people watching.

Wallenda, whose family has performed aerial stunts for generations, last summer walked across a wire 1,500 feet above the ground just east of Grand Canyon National Park, at Little Colorado River Navajo Tribal Park.

Since Wallenda’s feat in Niagara Falls, there have been talks about creating a permanent or semi-permanent attraction in the Falls where Wallenda would perform.

The source familiar with Wallenda’s plans said performing at Darien Lake would not preclude the daredevil from performing in the Falls this year.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster, who learned about the Darien Lake announcement from a reporter Tuesday afternoon, said two different entities over two different seasons have been in discussions with Wallenda about performing in a new venue in the Falls.

While he said he does not know what the Darien Lake stint means for plans in the Falls, Dyster said the city would still be interested in having him “if, in fact, someone were to construct a ...venue here.”

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