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Sarasota, Florida -- The man who made the historic walk across Niagara Falls back in June returned home to a warm welcome in Sarasota Friday.

Sarasota County Commission Chair Christine Robinson met Nik Wallenda at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport Friday morning and proclaimed Oct. 19 Nik Wallenda Day in Sarasota County.

On June 15, 2012, 16 million people watched Wallenda become the first person to cross Niagara Falls from the United States to Canada on a high wire during a live broadcast. Other feats include crossing above Nascar in Charlotte and between two casinos in Atlantic City.

Photo Gallery:See Nik Wallenda every step of the way!
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Pics:Niagara Falls before Nik Wallenda crosses
Watch: Interview with Nik Wallenda

The Tampa Bay community will have the chance to see Wallenda live as he stars in the 2013 edition of Circus Sarasota Jan. 25 through Feb. 15. Tickets go on sale Nov. 1 and can be purchased at http://circussarasota.org/.

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