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Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:08 PM

State Fair fans...Big Tex burnt down this morning

I know this isn't big news in the scheme of things, but he is such an icon of the State Fair of Texas, and is in the memories of so many Texans, I thought I'd let y'all know.

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2012/10/big_tex_burned_down_today_at_t.php

State Fair mascot Big Tex has gone up in flames. It's still not clear what caused the fire, which is reported to be "under control."

Photos from fair-goers show Big Tex burned to a blackened crisp, surrounded by fire trucks. I live nearby, and I can hear both fire-trucks and helicopters overhead. We'll have more for you as this develops. To quote fellow staff-writer Brantley Hargrove, "I feel like my heart is breaking."

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Reply State Fair fans...Big Tex burnt down this morning (Original post)
justabob Oct 2012 OP
Uben Oct 2012 #1
AldebTX Oct 2012 #2
TheCowsCameHome Oct 2012 #3
sonias Oct 2012 #4
Vogon_Glory Oct 2012 #5
Bolo Boffin Oct 2012 #6
redqueen Oct 2012 #7
Bolo Boffin Oct 2012 #10
sharkman25 Oct 2012 #8
northoftheborder Oct 2012 #9
justabob Oct 2012 #12
derby378 Oct 2012 #11
NoPasaran Oct 2012 #13

Response to justabob (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:21 PM

1. No worries....

...there's another one just a few miles from my house (60 mi north of Dallas). The guy who has it would probably sell it. He has three big statues, one is just like Big Tex. HE was once in the fiberglass business.

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Response to justabob (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:29 PM

2. It Makes Me Sad

They say it's just the clothes....but he has always been a big part of the fair since it seems like forever.

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Response to justabob (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:35 PM

3. ...and republicans will blame the President, details at 11.

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Response to justabob (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:47 PM

4. Makes me very sad too

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Response to justabob (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 01:05 PM

5. I Hope For Big Tex's Resurrection Because

I hope for Big Tex's resurrection because I believe I remember reading somewhere that the recently-burnt Big Tex was at least the second Big Tex put up. A previous one wore out and was replaced. I'm sure that another Big Tex can be fabricated and put up in time for next year's fair.

At least we can say he died with his boots on.

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Response to justabob (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 01:28 PM

6. Of course he can be rebuilt, but it's still a little sad

And there is already a @BurntBigTex account at Twitter.

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Response to Bolo Boffin (Reply #6)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 01:32 PM

7. Yeah, it's not like there will never be another...

but having this one go up in flames while the fair is still going on is definitely sad.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #7)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 02:20 PM

10. One of my Facebook friends said, "Well, now they've done it. They tried to deep fry Big Tex!"

And if anyone was looking for a Hallowe'en costume, Deep Fried Big Tex sounds good to me. Greasy, maybe...

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Response to justabob (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 01:47 PM

8. In the spirit of the Al Smith dinner last night...

 

"It's Bush's fault." LOL

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Response to justabob (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 02:05 PM

9. That is just sad. How on earth did it catch on fire, anyone know? Was it arson?

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #9)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 03:40 PM

12. electrical short

is what I read.

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Response to justabob (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 02:41 PM

11. I was supposed to be at the Fair this morning

Wasn't feeling good (season ickiness), so I took it slow and lazy this morning. I'm glad I wasn't there to witness it - my heart probably couldn't take it.

Ginny and I spent many a State Fair eating our freshly-made Fletcher's Corny Dogs in the shadow of Big Tex. That poor guy.

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Response to justabob (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 11:51 PM

13. We can rebuild him

We have the technology.

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