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.