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    Unhappy Hey Texans! "Big Tex" Burned, Ya'll!!!




    State Fair of Texas attendees and employees had a scare when they saw the beloved Big Tex statue swallowed up in flames Friday morning.

    By the time the fire was put out, Big Tex was almost completely burned, leaving behind little more than the metal frame of the 52-foot-tall cowboy that's an icon of the State Fair of Texas.

    "It was surreal," witness Allison Griffin told CBS station KTVT in Dallas-Fort Worth. "In fact, a lot of people didn't realize it. People were still standing and taking pictures in front of Big Tex, like you always do. Fair personnel were driving past and, once the fire started, it just grew very quickly and began to engulf his whole body."

    Some material that made up the towering structure's hands and sleeves still could be seen as firefighters gathered around the scorched area Friday.

    Fair officials said the fire began in a motor in the statue's neck, KTVT reported. Crews have began to remove pieces of the burned statue to stop any potential injuries from the debris.

    "We don't know anything just yet. All we can imagine is that something with the electrical wiring went wrong," Sally Womre with the State Fair of Texas said to KTVT. "Big Tex is wired to move his head and to speak, so that's what we believe right now."



    In this Sept. 27, 2002 file photo, Big Tex welcomes visitors to the Texas State Fair in Dallas.
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    Big Tex's 75-gallon hat, 50-pound belt buckle and slow drawl have been greeting state fair visitors with "Howdy folks!" since 1952. This year's fair, which closes Sunday, had been celebrating Big Tex's 60th birthday.

    Fair spokeswoman Sue Gooding said no one was injured in the fire and added that she expects Big Tex to be back for next year's state fair.

    Iconic statue Big Tex goes up in flames - CBS News








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    Thank gawd! That thing scared the fuck outta me when i was little.
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    I just saw that on our news! People are leaving flowers where his 7'fett used to be. I love Big Tex! Thousands of children were told if you get lost, go to Big Tex. The newslady says they found her brother hugging his leg!
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    That thing is buttfuck ugly. Neck fires will get you every time.
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    Burning Man southern edition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stella blue View Post
    Burning Man southern edition.
    That was my first thought!
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    Thursday, September 26, 2013 Get a glimpse of the new Big Tex — a day early!

    Well howdy, folks!
    Tom Fox
    The new Big Tex still wears a big cowboy hat, but he's got some new features, too.

    FAIR PARK — Big Tex made his triumphant return to the State Fair of Texas a day early. The unveiling ceremony was moved from 2 p.m. Friday to midday Thursday, after State Fair officials cited wind speed as a potential hazard for the big guy, who was shrouded with a curtain.
    "Well – we almost pulled off the greatest comeback in history," said spokesperson Sue Gooding in an email.
    The former 60-year-old Big Tex was destroyed by fire near the end of the State Fair of Texas in 2012. State Fair officials spent the past year redesigning the icon, teasing us with videos as he came to life but keeping his face and full body a secret.
    Brian Elledge
    The new Big Tex will say "howdy, folks!" when the State Fair of Texas opens Friday, September 27.

    The grassy area upon which Big Tex stands also got a makeover.
    The State Fair of Texas opens Friday, September 27 and runs through October 20, 2013.


    Get a glimpse of the new Big Tex -- a day early! | www.pegasusnews.com | Dallas/Fort Worth
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