But an electrical fire last October destroyed Big Tex. The replacement stands 55 feet tall and was unveiled Sept. 26, with a slightly different wardrobe – white shirt, with red and blue pockets; at the time of the fire, Big Tex wore a red and blue shirt – but the same “Howdy, Folks, welcome to the State Fair of Texas” message delivered electronically.
The original Big Tex was donated to the fair. This Big Tex cost $500,000. The original Big Tex weighed 6,000 pounds; the new Big Tex weighs 25,000 pounds, though the Fort Worth Star-Telegram noted that that's not because Big Tex has been gorging on Fried Thanksgiving Dinner, the newest delicacy available at fair food booths.
For those who miss the old Big Tex, his hands and belt buckle are on display in an exhibit called “The Life and Times of Big Tex,” in the fair's Hall of State.
“I think people will be very pleased,” State Fair spokeswoman Sue Gooding said. “I visited him several times when he was being built. My response has been that they have successfully brought back the Big Tex that we lost last year.”
But can Mack Brown do the same?