Welcome Back, Big Tex – Celebrating 66 Years
Welcome Big Tex
The big guy is ready for the best 24 days of the year! Everyone’s favorite 55-foot-tall cowboy is resuming his post as the official State Fair of Texas® icon for his 66th year. Open and free to the public, Fair fans can see their beloved Big Tex® return to his rightful home on Friday, September 21 starting at 10 a.m. in Big Tex Circle.
Big Tex is ready to kick off the 2018 State Fair with plans for an even bigger and better season. This year, the famous mascot of the State Fair of Texas is receiving a brand-new accessory to enhance his Texan spirit. With his trademark Texan style and friendly wave, Big Tex will be waiting to greet his loyal fans on Opening Day with his signature “Howdy, Folks!”
The big guy’s skeletal structure was originally built in 1949 for a Christmas celebration in Kerens, Texas. After two years in the spotlight as the world’s tallest Santa Claus, the Kerens Chamber of Commerce sold the figure to the State Fair of Texas for $750. The State Fair president at the time envisioned a Texas-sized cowboy as a symbol of the annual exposition. Dallas artist Jack Bridges was brought on board to perform the extreme makeover – transforming Santa into Big Tex.
His 1952 State Fair debut was favorable. Speechless that first year, a little engineering helped him “find” his voice in 1953, and he’s been talking ever since. His friendly wave was added in 1997; three years later, he began to turn his head. Tex may talk a little slow, but without question, he is one of the most famous Texans on earth. He is certainly the tallest.
Many baby boomers acknowledge their 50th birthdays, and Tex was no exception. A festive party was thrown in 2002, complete with a giant birthday cake and an AARP card. On October 19, 2012, Big Tex was destroyed by an electrical fire, the same year he celebrated his 60th birthday.
Big Tex returned to the State Fair in grand fashion with a Texas-sized welcome back celebration held on September 27, 2013. As he had done for 60 previous Fairs, Tex welcomed visitors from near and far to the great State Fair of Texas.
About the State Fair of Texas
Since its inception in 1886, the State Fair of Texas has celebrated all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment. The State Fair of Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with all proceeds helping to preserve and improve Fair Park; underwrite museum, community, and scholarship programs for inner-city youth and students pursuing agricultural careers; and help improve State Fair operations. The 2018 exposition runs September 28 through October 21 in Fair Park. Visit BigTex.com for more information.
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