Big Tex Returns to Fair Park Friday

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 Texas Sky Ranger captures video of crews installing Big Tex one week before the official start of the State Fair of 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

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

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