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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Wallendas, Shrine Circus returning to state fair
from:  hometownlife.com
Aug. 5, 2013 
The most famous family in circus history, the Wallendas, will bring an all-new troupe of performers to Metro Detroit on Labor Day weekend for the Shrine Circus, presented by Brighthouse at the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair in Novi.
Rick Wallenda, eldest grandson of founders Karl and Helen, will proudly present his troupe of daredevils in a rare local performance since the family appeared at the 1962 Michigan State Fair.
The Wallenda’s 1962 performance during the Shrine Circus at the Michigan State Fair Coliseum was marked by tragedy. During a performance of their famed seven-person chair pyramid, a man on the wire faltered and the pyramid collapsed. Three men fell to the ground, killing Richard Faughnan, son-in-law of founder Karl Wallenda, and nephew Dieter Schepp. Karl injured his pelvis, and his adopted son, Mario, was also injured.
“Our family is honored to be returning to Michigan, and looking very forward to introducing our new troupe to all at the Michigan State Fair. Thanks so much to the Detroit Shriners for inviting us!” said Rick Wallenda.
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http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20130805/NEWS13/308050005/Wallendas-Shrine-Circus-returning-state-fair

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