R.I.P. Big Tex

The workers get a quick photo before erecting Big Tex
(Photo by Fay)

I will take this opportunity to remember a favorite icon of the State Fair of Texas.  If you have ever been to the fair, you were welcomed by a tall Texan standing proud who would call out “HOWDY!”.  And more than likely you would have your photo taken with him.  And it was a meeting place… “Meet you at Big Tex”.

Well, the unthinkable has happened.  On Friday, October 19, 2012, Big Tex “died” at the age of 60.  It was thought to be from an electrical fire that started in his boot.  As crazy as it may sound, I feel like I have lost a friend.  You could count on him being there to greet you and he loved all people!  He would bring a smile to your face.  I was at the fair the day before he “died” but did not realize at the time that it would be my last photo of this cowboy.

Both last year and this year I was fortunate to witness “the erection of Big Tex”.   It was amazing to watch him being put together and then placed in the standing position.  And it was fun watching them put his big boots on!

So… in remembrance of Big Tex, I would like to share several favorite photos to remember him by.

The Big Bite
“Hey Tex… stop that!”
(Photo by Fay)

The cables hoist Big Tex to standing position.
(Photo by Fay)

Once again in 2012 he was standing tall as he was lowered into position.
(Photo by Fay)

The workers were putting on his boots and tucking in his jeans.
(Photo by Fay)

As I was standing on the ground shooting the helicopter, I did not realize that someone in the helicopter was shooting down at Big Tex and me. It was not until later in the day when perusing the internet that I found the photo of Big Tex and me shot from the air. What a surprise!  (This was taken in 2011)
(Photo by Fay)

Big Tex and Fay… taken by the Channel 11 News Helicopter
October 2011

Big Tex… October 18, 2012, the last full day of his “life” before he burned.
We never know when a photo may become more meaningful. Photography is a powerful medium and can hold so many emotions and memories.
(Photo by Fay)