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Big Tex

Texas State Fair Icon

Goes Up in Flames

10/19/2012 12:25 PM PDT BY Johnny Lopez

Big Tex on FIRE!Everything really is bigger in Texas ... even when their state fair icon goes up in flames.

Big Tex -- the famous 52 foot State Fair of Texas mascot -- was destroyed in an electrical fire at Fair Park in Dallas this morning.

Wearing size 70 boots and a 75 gallon hat, Big Tex had been greeting fair goers since 1952 and was celebrating his 60th birthday.

While the State Fair officially ends Sunday, the Dallas Mayor promised Big Tex will be back by saying, "We'll rebuild him and make him better than ever for the 21st Century."

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Mike    

Bye, Big Tex.

633 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

We can rebuild him : .................. bionically

633 days ago
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MrHarrybawls2010    

Witnesses saw Alan Thicke running from the scene carrying a big jug of gasoline and a lighter....

More on this story as it develops.

633 days ago
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St James III    

better................stronger...............faster!!! CUE MUSIC! LOL!!!

633 days ago
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KayInSA    

Dallas is an unfriendly town, but Big Tex will be forever remembered. What would Hank Hill think????

633 days ago
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Spooner    

My thoughts and prayers are with his family & friends during this tragic time.

633 days ago
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SMASHED    

I don't care. It's a stupid piece of wood. I never met a person I liked from Texas...oh wait...nevermind. It's a dumbass statue - feed the poor children.

633 days ago
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The New Improved Sock Puppet    

That would have been awesome to see. Reminded me a bit of Mr Bill, had he been a big ol' Texan boy. OHHHH NOOO !!!

633 days ago
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Jody    

Oh, as a native Texan, I am saddened at the loss of Big Tex. RIP.

633 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

It seems all them BIG Texans kinda self-destruct eventually.

633 days ago
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Leslie Wilson    

Aw man! That sucks! Been seeing that thing for years growing up. Oh well, it's a good excuse for the people of Dallas to show their pride and rebuild him. Will be looking forward to the new one.

633 days ago
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MrHarrybawls2010    

I firmly believe in capital punishment for vandals of any form...or stealers of produce.

633 days ago
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John Basedow    

I remember Big Tex from an episode of King of the Hill.

633 days ago
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Olivia3100    

RIP Big Guy! See you next year.

633 days ago
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MrHarrybawls2010    

If you look closely you can see an outline of The Devil in the flames surrounding Big Tex's head.

Absolutely chilling.....

633 days ago
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