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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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some guy    

Hope the next iteration of Big Tex doesn't make it look like he got implants.

549 days ago
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renealvrz6    

Looks

549 days ago
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MrHarrybawls2010    

Can I have your phone number? Thanks. I will be at the Costco in Ft. Worth, Texas at 11 tonite (wearing a large red hat so u recognize me).

549 days ago
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renealvrz6    

Deep fryer went too far today!!!

549 days ago
20.

newbigtex    

Please submit your ideas for the New Big Tex to www.newbigtex.com

549 days ago
21.

TexasGal    

Actually, he set himself on fire to protest the Longhorns $hitty performance against OU.

549 days ago
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MrHarrybawls2010    

I fail to see the humour in this tragedy. I'm really shaken up about this. I know this may sound kind of cheesy, but can we all right now just put our hands to our computer screens and sing "Give Peace A Chance"? John would have wanted that....
Love,
Yoko

549 days ago
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KnightBlind    

I'm pretty sure this is a sign of the Apocalypse, or at least a foot note on the Mayan Calendar.

549 days ago
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MrHarrybawls2010    

In a perfect world, it would have fallen over right onto lindsay lohan's head.

549 days ago
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clickadelic    

Ah hell. He didn't even make it into retirement.

549 days ago
26.

lorena     

poor man, talk about blowing out the candle!

549 days ago
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Rania, TX    

RIP BIG TEX. It semes just like yesterday we were kickin' it. "Every step I take, Every move I make, Every single day, Every time I pray, I'll be missin' you" YEEHAW

549 days ago
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AJ    

They say the fire started in his voicebox, so in honor of our beloved Tex: He only had himself to blame, when he spoke he broke out into one big flame, his son certainly can learn from it, if he wants tobacco, well then he'll just spit.

549 days ago
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Tickey Tock    

Oh just great, now where will the rednecks gather and shoot their guns in the air?

Big Tex was like Stonehenge for a state full of NRA gunhugging crackheads.

549 days ago
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island    

It doesn't even look like the same thing. In one picture his mouth is open and the burning one his mouth is closed. What gives???

549 days ago
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