Officials Install Big Tex, Prepare for 2015 State Fair of Texas

The towering greeter at the State Fair of Texas has been set up for next week's opening of the annual expo in Dallas.

Crews using a crane on Friday lifted the 55-foot Big Tex character into place, complete with his 95-gallon hat, at Fair Park.

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Big Tex last year got a new outfit, with a navy blue shirt featuring patches of red on the chest and shoulders and white stars.

Big Tex, the official ambassador of the State Fair of Texas, was raised into his rightful place at Fair Park.

A behind-the-scenes operator is responsible for the booming voice of Big Tex, known for his famous "Howdy folks" friendly welcome.

Last season was a good year for Big Tex, who received a new outfit and was voted "Quirkiest Landmark in America" by USA Today and 10Best.

The State Fair of Texas opens Sept. 25 and runs through Oct. 18 in Fair Park.

Online: BigTex.com

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