(KCEN) -- The fire that brought down Texas icon Big Tex is now officially blamed on an electrical short.
That word today from the Dallas Fire Department.
The 52-foot-tall cowboy who greeted fair-goers with a "Howdy, folks!" was destroyed by fire last Friday.
After the blaze was extinguished, the tarp-covered remains were hauled from the fairgrounds on a flatbed truck in a procession resembling a funeral.
Fair organizers have vowed to rebuild Big Tex for next year.