Big Tex Needs a New Voice! Do You Have What it Takes?

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Big Tex needs a new voice! The State Fair of Texas is auditioning for the next voice behind the beloved mascot and greeter. If you think you have the perfect voice to fit this Texas-sized cowboy (a 55-foot tall task), click for audition Information. Auditions are open now, and submissions will be accepted through April 15.

Big Tex has been the State Fair of Texas Ambassador since 1952 and greets millions of fair-goers every year. Big Tex is a cultural icon, boasting such typically Texan traits as friendliness, loyalty, and commitment. State Fair officials tell us they’re searching for someone who embodies the qualities of a true Texan and “who can use their voice talent to help bring our 55-foot cowboy to life.”

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Big Tex Needs a New Voice! Audition Now & See if You Have What it Takes

Photo: Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas®

Big Tex holds a special place in the Lone Star State and for visitors from around the world. His voice brings awareness about the annual event and the overall mission of the nonprofit organization. The voice talent helps record professional voice overs and live readings for Big Tex.

The State Fair of Texas Senior VP of Public Relations Karissa Condoianis said, “Our ideal candidate is someone who shares the same love and appreciation for all things Texan, including the time-honored traditions of the State Fair of Texas.”

Audition Process

Big Tex Needs a New Voice! Audition Now & See if You Have What it Takes

Photo: Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas®

Audition process includes four rounds. Round One: Online application and digital recording submission of pre-written scripts by April 15. Rounds Two, Three, and Four: Applicants selected to participate in final rounds will then audition through an in-person interview, in-studio recording session, and PA system test. Complete information is available at

The next Voice of Big Tex will be notified by July. While the Voice remains anonymous, visitors to the 2020 State Fair of Texas September 25-October 18, 2020, will be welcomed by Big Tex’s new voice with his iconic greeting, “Howdy, folks!”