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Get Your Photo Taken With Big Tex Even Though the State Fair is Canceled

The official State Fair of Texas ambassador returns to his post for the 68th year

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The State Fair of Texas may be canceled because of COVID-19, but that's not keeping Big Tex away.

Everyone's favorite 55-foot tall cowboy returned to his rightful home in Big Tex Circle at Fair Park Wednesday morning with a Texas-sized face mask.

The fair is offering a special Big Tex photo drive-thru experience will open Sept. 19 and 20.

It took about 10 minutes to lift Big Tex into his place in Big Tex Circle at Fair Park. Watch this timelapse from Texas Sky Ranger as crews hoist the official State Fair of Texas ambassador into place.

"We have seen from Instagram heat maps that one of the most-photographed spots in the entire country during a month of October and during the late part of September is right here at Big Tex Circle, so we know that it is a huge deal and everyone that comes out to the fair with their family wants to get their picture with Big Tex," said Mitchell Glieber the State Fair of Texas president.

Cars will stream into Fair Park and around Big Tex Circle, where people can, for a short time, pose for a photo. And this year's photo will stand out since Big Tex is wearing a mask that measures 7 feet tall and 4 feet wide -- it reads "Howdy folks!"

"It's going to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to look back on this year and your photo with Big Tex," said Karissa Condoianis with the State Fair of Texas. "If you come every year year in and year out to have your photo you will look back and see that crazy year 2020 remember we had that photo with Big Tex wearing a mask."

CLICK HERE for more information about the photo-only event which requires pre-sold tickets, as well as the Big Tex Fair Food & Photo Packages.

The State Fair of Texas also announced a special version of the Big Tex Choice Awards for 2020 Fair Food Madness: Big Tex Choice Awards Championship.

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