Tourists Talk Thursday's Wallenda Stunt

Visitors to Niagara Falls on Erendira Wallenda' upcomings helicopter stunt

Mike Baggerman
June 14, 2017 - 3:00 am

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WBEN) - With Erendira Wallenda's stunt less than a day away the buzz is starting to grow locally. 

While officials have repeatedly called the Wallenda stunt a "made-for-TV" event, they still encourage people to watch Wallenda live by saying the best spot to watch it at Niagara Falls is at Terrapin Point on Goat Island. Angela Berti, a New York State Parks Spokesperson, said bringing binoculars will help enhance the experience.

We spoke with an Arizona family who said they remember seeing Nik Wallenda walk across the Grand Canyon, similar to what he did in Niagara Falls five years ago. 

"Dang," one person from the family said. "I didn't know his wife stuff like he did. Crazy."

The matriarch of the family said she is a dentist and while it's not recommended to hang from a helicopter from one's teeth, she also said "she will not be coming to our office". 

Geoff Hurst from Australia jokingly asked if her teeth were real and that he'd love to see it. We asked him what he thought motivated someone to attempt a daring stunt like Wallenda's.

"Money," Hurst said, laughing. "It's probably like climbing Mount Everest. It's there, why not do it?"

Wallenda's stunt takes place at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and the public is expected to learn more information about the stunt Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

 

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