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The world’s largest cowboy will be unveiled at this year’s State Fair of Texas. And as the saying goes, ‘Everything is bigger in Texas’ and so is the new and improved Big Tex.
The redesigned Lone Star icon will now reign at 55 feet tall, an additional three feet in height from its previous bearing before being damaged, when an electrical box located near one of the cowboy’s boots caught on fire, in October.
According to the State Fair of Texas Vice President of public relations and community relations spokesperson, Sue Gooding, the icon will cost approximately $500 thousand to rebuild. As for the redesign of the area surrounding him, it estimates to be an additional half a million dollars.
Thus far in donations, the State Fair has received $46 thousand in private donations, which is anything from $1-20 thousand. Gooding said that even though there is $160 thousand available from the insurance policy and a $5 thousand deductible, with the developments requiring advanced engineering, it will cost a lot more.
“We are not replacing [Big Tex] with the exact design; that’s why it’s $500 thousand,” Gooding noted.
The new design will be a surprise to fairgoers; however, they did provide an input on what they’d like to see.
“The fairgoers wanted the icon to be recognizable, with the same facial features,” she said. “He will still have one out-stretched arm and one that is bent.”
Gooding said when he was damaged, the goal was to have him back for this year’s fair. “He hasn’t missed any of the years since he was first installed in 1952,” she said.
The first two days following the disaster, there were very large crowds that surrounded the area and took pictures of the remnants of Big Tex, said Gooding.
“Obviously the reaction when he was destroyed was really overwhelming,” Gooding sympathizes. “The whole event proved to be important to fairgoers and we heard loud and clear.”
Big Tex is scheduled to be unveiled at the State Fair of Texas opening day, Friday, September 27.
The fair will be held in Dallas in Fair Park from September 27 to October 20. For more information regarding the State Fair lineup and donations, visit the State Fair of Texas web site.
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