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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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