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Four-Year-Old Big Tex: An Icon Continuing to Make Texas Proud

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It’s been five years since the iconic Big Tex at the grounds of the State Fair of Texas went up in flames in front of a crowd of shocked fairgoers. It might seem hard to believe, but time flies when you’re the new Big Tex!

The cause of the fire that took down the prominent fair feature was determined to be an “unspecified electrical short” according to a report by NBC DFW. This issued a spark igniting the 60-year-old, 52-foot-tall cowboy, eventually leaving only his steel frame behind and the sleeves from his Dickies shirt. Lost to the flames were his 50-pound belt buckle, 75-gallon hat, as well as his boots, jeans, and face.

Four-Year-Old Big Tex: An Icon Continuing to Make Texas Proud

Photo: Facebook/Big Tex

Recognizing the urgency of replacing something that was so near and dear to the hearts of Texans, the State Fair of Texas immediately went to work planning for a new Big Tex. After his construction in San Antonio, this new Texas icon was transported to Fair Park where he was installed under a shroud of secrecy! The original plan was to reveal his new appearance on the day prior to the opening of the fair. However, a strong wind spoiled the surprise by removing the ornamental covering before his official debut.

Four-Year-Old Big Tex: An Icon Continuing to Make Texas Proud

Photo: Facebook/Big Tex

Now at the tender age of four, this new Big Tex has a stronger steel frame, fire-retardant clothes, a fire suppression system, and a moving arm as well as a moving mouth. He stands 55 feet in height, and weighs-in at 19,000 pounds heavier than his ancestor (could be from all that great fair food,) bringing him to the hefty weight of 25,000 pounds in total. He’s a doozy! And, he’s an icon that the state of Texas is quite proud of, featured in comic books, album covers, films, and many a souvenir shop.