Friday, October 19, 2012

Loss of ‘Big Tex’ Marks the End of an Era

Sad news from the State Fair of Texas in Dallas today as iconic mascot “Big Tex” caught fire leading into the final weekend of this year’s annual activities. Initial reports indicate an electrical fire started the morning blaze that claimed all but the skeletal frame of the 52-foot-tall Texan.

For 60 years, “Big Tex” greeted fairgoers with his familiar “howdy, folks!” while becoming as much an attraction as any carnival ride, rodeo event or superstar concert entertainer. A snapshot of “Big Tex” was the ultimate State Fair of Texas souvenir.
At size 70, the boots of “Big Tex” will be hard to fill, but here’s hoping someone is already hard at work sizing up a successor. The State Fair of Texas just wouldn’t be the same without him.

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