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Wallenda walks the wire at Erie County Fair

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Outlined against the setting sun, Nik Wallenda walked the high wire Sunday night at the Erie County Fair while thousands watched

Using a microphone as he walked, Wallenda was able to speak to spectators as he inched along a wire suspended 1,400 above the ground.

Halfway through the walk, Wallenda took off his state-mandated safety tether. He finished the walk with a safety net being wheeled along below.

"It is really cool. It's amazing," said spectator Tyler Tanevski.

Tanevski may have been speaking for the many in attendance Sunday night.

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Wallenda says he was at the fair when he was a kid with the family high-wire show.

"I remember seeing [a sign reading]: Welcome to the Erie County Fair, because I always hosted the show at that age," Wallenda told reporters.

"It was down the hill over here that we performed. It's exciting and fun to come back to a place where I was 13 years old."

Volunteer firefighters from the area were asked to hold the ropes used to stabilize the wire while Wallenda walked.