RIP Big Tex

By: GardenGrrl , 4:15 AM GMT on October 20, 2012

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A Texas State Fair icon went up in smoke today. Big Tex, the giant and some would say kind of creepy animatronic cowboy with the size 70 boots had been celebrating his 60th birthday when they say an electrical fire ended his career as State Fair Greeter.

Sure after a period of mourning there will be tastless jokes about another extreme fried food offering at the Texas fair. Already unkind rumors are being whispered that it was fried twinkies surrounded by sticks of fried butter topped with oversize birthday candles that did him in. The authoritys are sticking with their story of electrical fire and not deep fryer as cause of death.

Here are pictures of Big Tex before, during and after his untimely departure.

Workers bring Big Tex out of storage and prepare to raise him up to his pedastal.



Some last minute adjustments to his scarf.



Big Tex is always dressed like your average Texas Cowboy.



Big Tex up close.






The beginning of the end.












Big Tex covered with a giant tarp and being wheeled away. Hasta la vista baby.




(note; all photos taken from Google Images)

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16. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:06 PM GMT on October 24, 2012
GardenGrrl has created a new entry.
15. Ylee
8:03 PM GMT on October 23, 2012
GG, I found an interesting website with a webcam you might like! Link
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14. beell
11:18 PM GMT on October 21, 2012
Clearly, of all the nice pictures (along with just the right balance between snark and respect) you have provided us, my favorite:

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13. LowerCal
7:56 PM GMT on October 21, 2012
That face was scarey like some clowns'. Here's to a kinder, gentler Big Tex.
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12. Skyepony (Mod)
2:38 PM GMT on October 21, 2012
Oh good he'll get rebuilt. That's what the kids & I were hoping for:)
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11. plapman
12:16 PM GMT on October 21, 2012
Good morning GardenGrrl.
It's sad to see the passing of an icon. It's good they'll be able to rebuid Big Tex.
There are a few towns here in Manitoba that have oversize statues. Here in Portage we have the world's largest coke can. Coca Cola paid to have an unused water tower moved and painted.

Photo from Roadside America.
Enjoy the day.
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10. sandiquiz
7:04 AM GMT on October 21, 2012
A quick fly by to wish you a good 'work' week.

Investigation? Do you mean a post mortem. lol

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9. Ylee
12:59 AM GMT on October 21, 2012
Well, at least they're going to rebuild it! :)

Did you see on my blog where the China Cafe cam shows where a big fire had occurred across the street? Looks like most of the shops will be out of commission indefinitely! :(

Hope you're having a good weekend!
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8. GardenGrrl
12:51 AM GMT on October 21, 2012
Ah Big Tex, kind of like sushi or fried twinkies, something people either love or hate.

Hi Sandi, actually they just re-wired him. Was is it deliberate? Did someone want to end that manic grin?
Oh the nvestigation should be interesting.

Hi Prose, Yes, in Texas the slogan is "Everything is Big". So of course there should be some giant cowboy.
Minnesota has several; The Jolly Green Giant, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. Perhaps it's the Nordic myth of ice giants made friendly.

Oh Barefoot, I hope they do not reproduce him exactly. Big Tex reminds me of a demonic Governor Perry or maybe Howdy Doody on meth.

Hi Shore. Hmmmm maybe Santa if they gave him a big beard and rosy cheeks. Perhaps they will bring him back to his roots.

Hi Skyepony, without out a doubt he will be rebuilt. More people like Big Tex than find him eerie.

Hi SP, when it got to the frame I really did think it looked like they brought burning man to Texas. Don't feel guilty about laughing. When I got the text he was on fire I totally cracked up.

Hi Calpoppy, :-D yep. The Golden Rain trees must be very pretty. I've seen them at botanical gardens as was quite wowed by them.

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7. calpoppy
10:44 PM GMT on October 20, 2012
I'm not sure if I'm saddened or not. Something about his eyes and that grin. He never stops grinning!! Well I guess now he stopped, lol.

Sorry I don't mean to demean a Texas icon! But I did find him scary looking, sorta like a huge Chuckie!!


Our weather is cooling and maybe a splash of the wet stuff. My Golden Rain trees are changing to their beautiful golden colors, the other trees are not far behind. Splashes of color in the desert!



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6. sp34n119w
6:05 PM GMT on October 20, 2012
I probably shouldn't ... I feel guilty about it ... but ... I couldn't help laughing out loud at the sight of Big Tex's head on fire!
And, it evokes Burning Man, doesn't it?
And, your tie-in with the Terminator is excellent - good eye! :)
I'm sure his next incarnation will be just as beloved.
More's the pity ;)
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5. Skyepony (Mod)
5:33 PM GMT on October 20, 2012
How tragic.. Some icons it's easy to assume, will be around forever.

Awesome blog:) Happy weekend to you.
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4. shoreacres
4:59 PM GMT on October 20, 2012
Grieving down here on the coast, too. I've got a pic of him in his previous incarnation as Santa on my blog. It's amazing how many people didn't know that's how he began life. No matter how they rebuild him the changes from Old Tex to New Tex won't be as stark as from Santa to Cowboy!

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3. Barefootontherocks
2:51 PM GMT on October 20, 2012
Good morning, GG.
Big Tex made the evening news in OKC. So'd this: Big Tex fire dispatch audio (youtube from TexasStormChasers). There are lots of videos on youtube of the fire.

The newscasters also reported Big Tex will be rebuilt bigger and better. I hope they reproduce his looks exactly. Otherwise he'll never be the same old, iconic Big Tex.
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2. Proserpina
1:38 PM GMT on October 20, 2012
RIP Big Tex.

By coincidence yesterday I found an article with photos about the Giants of Messina. I had never heard of them which is amazing since they are a representation of the mythical founders of Messina and there is an annual parade with the Giant sculptures paraded through the streets to commemorate the founding of Zancle (today's Messina). Interesting that the idea of giants as a symbol of a town or state is found in many cultures.

Have a wonderful day GG.
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1. sandiquiz
7:36 AM GMT on October 20, 2012
I am not sure whether I ought to be laughing or crying!
Sad when an icon disappears, but surely 60 year old electrics should have been checked before they "plugged" him in!

Happy Saturday to you.... :-)

PS - I am still being an enthusiastic child, ever eager to answer questions in the classroom, and so far no problems! lol
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