Big Tex rises again at the State Fair of Texas Published: September 26, 2013

A year after the legendary icon went up in smoke, Big Tex will prove Friday that you can’t keep a good cowboy down.

Fairgoers will get their first live look at the new and improved Big Tex on the opening day of the State Fair of Texas, which runs daily through Oct. 20 at Fair Park in Dallas. Gates open at 10 a.m.

An unveiling, which had been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, will instead be a “Welcome Back” event after high winds caused State Fair officials to drop the curtain hiding Big Tex on Thursday afternoon.

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