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Wallenda walks his way into hall of fame

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Wallenda's Sarasota walk in January 2013 (MyFOX file photo) Wallenda's Sarasota walk in January 2013 (MyFOX file photo)
SARASOTA (FOX 13) -

Wire-walker Nik Wallenda is getting another high honor. He'll be inducted into the Ringling Circus Museum's Hall of Fame this weekend.

The public is welcome to attend the 27th annual induction ceremony at St. Armand's Circle in Sarasota at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Wallenda, along with trapeze artist Pino del Oro, Big Apple Circus co-founder Paul Binder, former circus owner and animal trainer Ian Garden Sr., and the Theron family, known for their bicyclist acts, will be inducted.

Wallenda will receive Ringling's "Circus Celebrity Award."

Two "Greats of The Past" awards will also be given out to the late Felix Adler, known as the "King of Clowns," and the late Erna Gebhardt, who lost a leg during a performance but later used a prosthetic leg to perform.

Wallenda recently wire-walked over part of the Grand Canyon in a live broadcast watched by millions on the Discovery Channel. Before that, he walked across Niagara Falls.

Wallenda hopes to top that feat with a walk across New York's skyline.

Another ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at the Historic Asolo Theater to induct the honorees. This event is also open to the public, but space is limited and is expected to be packed.

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