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Midway of Erie County Fair is arena for Wallenda’s longest Skywalk of the year

Daredevil Nik Wallenda will perform his longest Skywalk of 2014 at 8 p.m. Sunday when he attempts to cross a 1,400-foot-long tightrope suspended 125 feet above the midway at the Erie County Fair.

Wallenda estimates that it will take about 30 minutes to complete the walk, which is 100 feet longer than his celebrated Niagara Falls Skywalk in 2012. The tightrope will be anchored by two tall temporary cranes.

The walk will proceed rain or shine, fair officials said, and will be delayed only if there is lighting within 20 miles of the fairgrounds. As many as 200,000 people are expected to witness the walk in person.

Information about a 4 p.m. pre-walk pep rally featuring Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers and a fireworks finale are available at

“To team up with the Erie County Fair, to create something for the 175th fair, is an honor,” Wallenda said. “I actually enjoy walking over a setting like this because I’m able to look down and see the crowd. I can hear them. I can feel them.”