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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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mary    

That's creey! Like the StayPuff marshmallow man...

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Kabala    

Too bad there weren't a lot of Texans inside....

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Latch Johnson    

Good, that thing looked terrible. Hope the new one looks a lot better.

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DallasPress    

It is being investigated as a HATE CRIME: Big Tex was a flamer (no pun intended) in the RedNeck State.

704 days ago
50.

Tex    

Aww hell, it musta bin sum terrist attakin

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51.

jett7888    

bye big tex it time to retire you

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Eshan Valliani     

That is so weird that Big Tex had fire

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53.

amoschristina    

I am born and raised Texan...it is a pretty big deal here and I am glad they will rebuild him and for those that talk crap about Texans...yeah well F*CK YOU Im from Texas!!!

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54.

ABB    

What a flamer! :P

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rainbow4321    

Very, very sad day for Texans :( :( He was an icon for 60 YEARS. They showed someone at the fair making him a huge waffle cake with icing of some sort just last night on the news for his birthday yesterday! I was walking around the crowded lobby at work today and every other conversation I passed was about Big Tex..people pulling out their cell phones to show the people who didn't believe what they were hearing. RIP Big Tex!!!!!

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56.

Cujeaux    

Oh, I thought that was Michael Jackson.

703 days ago
57.

Free Willy    

Dang...that Bob Stoops guy takes no prisoners.

703 days ago
58.

Zarley    

Looks like a GW stunt double..So long one horned wonder.

703 days ago
59.

Don Martin    

So much for a remake of Blazing Saddles

703 days ago
60.

It's Dave    

Looks amazingly like Cal Worthington (California-based car salesman who has done commercials here in So-Cal for decades).

Not sure where all the comments about hating Texas are coming from. How can anybody hate Texas?

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