Big Tex, the 55-foot-tall cowboy mascot, took his post as the official State Fair of Texas welcomer at 10 a.m. Friday.
This year, State Fair of Texas officials said Big Tex has a new "accessory to enhance his Texan spirit."
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Big Tex should remain silent during this event, saving his voice until his signature "Howdy, Folks!" greeting on Opening Day, Sept. 28.
That billowing greeting is a tradition that's held steady for decades. However, Big Tex has undergone a few makeovers over the years.
|1952 - 2012||2013 - Present|
|Height:||52 ft.||55 ft.|
|Chest||31 ft.||33 ft. 9 in.|
|Biceps||7 ft. 8 in.||10 ft. 9 in.|
|Boots||7 ft. 7 in.||12 ft.|
|Hands||3 ft.||5 ft. 6 in.|
|Head||8 ft. ||10 ft.|
|Inseam||16 ft.||20 ft.|
|Shoulders||12 ft. 6 in.||13 ft.|
|Sleeves||22 ft. 6 in.||13 ft.|
|Neck||10 ft.||11 ft.|
|Waist||23 ft. 6 in.||27 ft.|
|Collar||12 ft. 6 in.||16 ft. 8 in.|
|Hat||75 gallon||95 gallon|