New Big Tex to be unveiled this week

New Big Tex to be unveiled this week

Credit: State Fair of Texas

Big Tex being installed at the State Fair of Texas in 1952. Wearing size 70 boots and a 75-gallon hat, Tex towered 52' above wide-eyed visitors. His denim jeans and plaid shirt were donated by the H. D. Lee Company of Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Cosmetic surgery the following year straightened his nose, corrected a lascivious wink and allowed him to talk.

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on September 22, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 22 at 2:43 PM

DALLAS (AP) -- Almost a year after a fire burned down Big Tex, the iconic cowboy is set to return to the State Fair of Texas.

The newest version of Big Tex will be unveiled Friday, the fair's opening day.

Big Tex burned down last October when an electrical short started a fire that consumed all but the hands and a few metal pieces. Fair officials say the new version will be a lot like the old -- plus fireproofing.

Fair spokeswoman Sue Gooding tells The Dallas Morning News, "We heard loud and clear that people wanted the same Big Tex that they'd known and loved."

Big Tex first debuted at the state fair in 1952.

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