Big Tex Makes His Debut One Day Early

(KXAS) -- The new and improved Big Tex was supposed to make his big debut on Friday, September 27, opening day of the State Fair of Texas but Mother Nature had other ideas.

In a news release from the State Fair of Texas, Sue Gooding wrote "Unfortunately the wind has picked up speed and is negatively impacting the curtain that has been hoisted in place to shield him (Big Tex) from public view."

As it flew over Fair Park earlier Thursday, Chopper 5 had already caught a sneak peek of Big Tex. From Chopper 5 you could see his cowboy hat, part of his face along with his red, white and blue shirt.

Big Tex was destroyed by a fire near the end of the 2012 State Fair of Texas, while the fair was celebrating the 60th birthday of the iconic cowboy. Big Tex's 75-gallon hat, 50-pound belt buckle and slow drawl -- "Howdy, folks!" -- had been greeting fair visitors since 1952.

The dimensions of the new Big Tex weren't immediately made available, but new duds created by Dickies and a smart pair of boots from Lucchese instantly drew attention.

The boots are decorated with artwork, including designs of the Texas and American Flags, the State Capitol, bluebonnets, longhorns, and other Lone Star State-inspired icons seen on the sides.

Now the big question remains, what will Big Tex sound like? State Fair fans will have to wait until Friday to find that out.


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