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Big Tex Installed Friday at Fair Park for State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas kicks off Friday, Sept. 27

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    Crews Lift Big Tex Into Place at Fair Park for Fair

    Big Tex will soon be greeting visitors to Fair Park for his 67th year. On Friday, the 55-foot-tall cowboy returned to his post at the heart of the State Fair of Texas, which kicks off Friday, Sept. 27. (Published Friday, Sept. 20, 2019)

    Big Tex will soon be waving at visitors to Fair Park for his 67th year.

    On Friday, the 55-foot-tall icon resumed his post at the heart of the State Fair of Texas, which kicks off Friday, Sept. 27.

    With a 95-gallon hat, he's one giant cowboy, but Big Tex has some tiny fans.

    “He says howdy folks, this is Big Tex, welcome to the State Fair of Texas,” said 4-year-old Jacob Perez doing his best imitation.

    Big Tex Installed Friday at Fair Park for State Fair

    [DFW] Big Tex Installed Friday at Fair Park for State Fair

    Big Tex will soon be greeting visitors to Fair Park for his 67th year. On Friday, the 55-foot-tall cowboy resumed his post at the heart of the State Fair of Texas, which kicks off Friday, Sept. 27.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 20, 2019)

    NBC 5's Texas Sky Ranger captured video of crews using a crane to hoist Big Tex precisely at 10 a.m. Friday. Many, like Jacob lined up early to greet him.

    “Bringing him to this alone, he's like really excited,” said his mother, Lisa Alardin.

    “Because I like him a lot,” Jacob added.

    This year, Big Tex will be sporting new boots through the fair's 24-day run. The size 96 kicks designed by Keller's Katie Sauceda were chosen as part of an annual contest. His new Texan-inspired designs are geared toward this year's theme of "Celebrating Texas Creativity." 

    “There's artwork that's been designed by Texas artists on all of the storage containers throughout the area around the lagoon,” said Karissa Condoianis, senior vice president of public relations with State Fair of Texas.

    From "Contain Your Selfie,” in partnership with United Way, to a brand new exhibit highlighting Latin culture in Texas.

    Designer of Big Tex's New Boots Talks to NBC 5

    [DFW] Designer of Big Tex's New Boots Talks to NBC 5

    From a field of more than 250 submissions, the final 10 were chosen. From that group, one design emerged as the favorite -- the one put together by Keller's Katie Sauceda.

    (Published Monday, Sept. 16, 2019)

    “We’ve got a great new family friendly show called fiestas de marionetas and that's just around the corner here in the ampitheatre,” Condoianis said.

    Also new this year- Earnest Fuller at 74-year-old staple, Jack's French Frys.

    “I'm looking forward to it, try to do the best I can you know,” Fuller said.

    While he serves up the classics, fairgoers await the unusual.

    “The chocolate covered bacon with nuts,” said Lisa Williams.

    “Everything's bigger, everything's better and everything's fried,” said Semetra Vanison.

    Final preparations are happening everywhere, from rides to the midway.

    “We’ll have live music throughout the grounds, 45 different acts on our smaller stages,” Condoianis said.

    An explosion of sights and sounds is just one week away.

    The State Fair of Texas, runs from Sept. 27 through Oct. 20. 

    Sensory friendly Wednesdays will take place each week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They're geared toward anyone needing a calmer experience. All noises & flashing lights will be toned down.

    Big Tex: Then and Now
    1952 - 20122013 - Present
    Height:52 ft.55 ft.
    Chest31 ft.33 ft. 9 in.
    Biceps7 ft. 8 in.
    10 ft. 9 in.
    Boots7 ft. 7 in.
    12 ft.
    Hands3 ft.
    5 ft. 6 in.
    Head8 ft.
    10 ft.
    Inseam16 ft.
    20 ft.
    Shoulders12 ft. 6 in.
    13 ft.
    Sleeves22 ft. 6 in.
    13 ft.
    Neck10 ft.
    11 ft.
    Waist23 ft. 6 in.
    27 ft.
    Collar12 ft. 6 in.
    16 ft. 8 in.
    Hat75 gallon
    95 gallon
    Boot Size7096
    Original Cost$750$500,000

    Online:BigTex.com