He was the cowboy who had watched over the State Fair of Texas since 1952, but he caught fire on Friday morning and now Big Tex won’t be heard greeting the fair’s visitors anymore. That’s at least until next year, because state fair officials have already said they intend to building a new one. The 60-year-old icon went up in flames at 10 a.m. when a State Fair spokeswoman was walking by.
Dallas News reports:
Hundreds gathered in Big Tex Circle to watch the big guy go up in flames. Many stood in tears. Others snapped pictures with their smartphones, spreading the news online as quickly as the fire spread up Big Tex. They reminisced about the good-lookin’ folksy fair mascot who first arrived at Fair Park in 1952.
State Fair visitors saw the fire caused by “an electric short that started in his right boot” consume Big Tex’s skeleton until there was nothing left but his “three-ton steel skeleton.” Still, that hasn’t let people down and Bill Bragg, who’s been the voice of the fair’s icon for ten years, said next year’s Big Tex will be ‘bigger and better.’