10/01/2011 03:41 EDT | Updated 12/01/2011 05:12 EST

Believe it or not, Hudak skips potentially embarrassing Niagara Falls attraction

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - Campaign officials work hard to keep their leader in the best possible light and out of potentially embarrassing situations.

So it seemed too good to be true Saturday when Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak's schedule indicated he would visit the Ripley's Believe It or Not attraction in Niagara Falls, Ont.,

Journalists were salivating at all the jokes that could be made, to say nothing of what the Liberals and the NDP hoped would come out of the photo-op.

Perhaps someone at Tory headquarters realized the fun critics could have with a photo of Hudak underneath the words "believe it or not," because the event was cancelled at the last minute.

Hudak instead went to an arcade on downtown Niagara Falls' main drag, with his wife and daughter.

They played skee ball and a whack-a-mole-style game with a crowd of cameras trained on them. Hudak and his daughter Miller sat down to play a racing game, but eventually abandoned it after the screen kept flashing "insert more quarters," despite a staffer feeding several coins into the machine.