You know fall is near when Big Tex is here.
The 55-foot-tall cowboy resumed his post as the official State Fair of Texas welcomer at 10 a.m. Friday, hours before the official start of fall at 3:02 p.m.
The latest news from around North Texas.
Big Tex will stay silent during his installation, saving his voice until his signature "Howdy, Folks!" greeting on Opening Day.
That billowing greeting is a tradition that's held steady for decades. However, Big Tex has undergone a few makeovers over the years.
Photos: Crews Install Big Tex for 2016 State Fair
|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|