- Associated Press - Thursday, July 26, 2012

BUTTE, MONT. (AP) - A grandson of famous tightrope walker Karl Wallenda is performing in Montana this weekend during the 11th Evel Knievel Days.

Rick Wallenda told The Montana Standard (https://bit.ly/PwqKTC) he has always been a fan of the famous motorcycle daredevil from Butte and agreed to perform even before organizers said how much the event would pay.

Rick Wallenda plans to walk on a 250-foot-long wire cable about 50 feet off the ground.

The 57-year-old from Sarasota, Fla., said Wednesday he plans to use a heavier pole because of the wind.

Tightrope walking has been passed down generation to generation in Wallenda’s family, starting with his grandfather. His mother, Carla, continues to do a high-wire act at age 76 and his second-cousin, Nik, made history earlier this summer with a tightrope walk over Niagara Falls.

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