Milestones in the life of Big Tex

Milestones in the life of Big Tex

Milestones in the life of Big Tex

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 22 at 7:26 AM

Milestones in the life of "Big Tex," State Fair of Texas icon:

1949 --Erected as a 52-foot-tall "Santa Claus" on Nov. 10th, 1949, in Kerens to bolster the town's Christmas shopping.

1950 -- Transported 60 miles to Dallas and sold to the State Fair of Texas for $750.

1952 -- Transformed and unveiled as a giant cowboy named "Big Tex" and made its debut in late October as the official symbol of the State Fair of Texas.

1953 -- Speaks for the first time. Over the years, six men have provided the voice for Big Tex, which says "Howdy, folks!" about 60 times a day during the fair.

1997 -- Original body was rebuilt on a cage-like frame made of 4,200 feet of steel rods.

2000 -- Upgraded with body movements, waving to fairgoers as they passed by to the Midway.

2002 -- Turns 50, gets an all-new wardrobe and a new voice.

2012 -- Destroyed in fire. Fair officials vow to rebuild icon for 2013.

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