Texas State Fair Unveils Big Tex Statue
They could rebuild him. They had the technology and the capability to build the world’s biggest mechanical talking Texan cowboy.
After a fire last year destroyed one of the Lone Star State’s most iconic images, the annual State Fair of Texas in Dallas opened this week with a brand new Big Tex, the towering figure who greets visitors with a friendly wave and a cheerful “Howdy, folks!”
This being a state that likes to go large, the opportunity was seized to make the new Tex even bigger than the old: at 55ft he is three feet taller and with a 95-gallon hat rather than the previous incarnation’s 75-gallon headwear. And at 19,000 pounds heavier, as he is now free-standing. His clothes are redesigned and his boots are decorated with graphics including the American and Texas flags and the state capitol. His darker complexion has led some to dub him “Big Tex-Mex” amid rumours that it was a conscious decision to acknowledge Texas’s growing Hispanic population.