Big Tex, the giant talking cowboy symbol of the Texas State Fair, burned this morning. An electrical short is believed to have caused the fire that destroyed all but the hands and framework of the 60-year-old icon.
Big Tex greets University of Oklahoma football fans every year when they flock to the Cotton Bowl for the annual Red River Rivalry game with Texas. I’ve lost track of how often I made that trek, but Big Tex was always there to greet us as we approached the stadium. The event wouldn’t be the same without him.
Mitchell Glieber, vice president of marketing for the State Fair, promised Big Tex will be rebuilt in time for the 2013 fair. “He’s our Mickey Mouse,” Glieber said.
The waving, talking 52-foot figure, bought in 1952 for $750, was consumed in just five minutes.