NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW)- High wire performer Nik Wallenda will attempt to walk over Niagara Falls on June 15th. In the weeks leading up to the big event, a rigorous practice routine continues Wallenda. Even though there's only a few days left of practice for the aerialist, his talent still amazes the dozens of spectators at the Seneca Niagara Casino.
"He makes it look like a walk in the park. I can't even imagine what's he's doing," said Marg Stasko, who traveled from Canada to watch Wallenda.
Wallenda comes from a long line of performers dating back to the 1780's. The family, of German origin, eventually made it's way to the United States in the 1920's to headline for the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. Wallenda says preparations and practice are key to having a successful run over the mighty cataract and every practice will be different. Monday, Wallenda's crew will re-create conditions similar to what he'll face when over the falls, so he can be prepared for anything.
"I'm comfortable walking in the rain. I've walked up high in the rain in the past, however the heavy mist may be interesting," said Wallenda.
With thousands of people expected to attend his high wire performance, the City of Niagara Falls is working out plans for crowd control. Lawmakers say the state parks department is still considering charging a fee for the event.
"I think it should be absolutely free. I'd like to even see them open up the parking lots for that day for free because let's face it, it's a once in a hundred years event," said New York State Senator George Maziarz.
Wallenda's high wire training practices are open to the public from 10:30 a.m until noon and 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. everyday at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls until May 22nd. The June 15th stunt will be the first attempt ever by someone to walk across the Niagara Falls themselves.