Big Tex is Gone. There's a Hole in Our Hearts.

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Big Tex goes up in flames. (via Twitter/NBCDFW)
On this day, we lost a fried hero. This morning, Big Tex caught on fire at the State Fair of Texas. Twitter lit up with jokes about as quickly as Tex did. I guess we all grieve differently.

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Big Tex Burned Down Today at the State Fair

Alice Laussade's exclusive interview with Big Tex

We'd like to take a moment to say thanks to Big Tex for his 60 years of service. Before you continue reading, please play Boyz II Men's It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday.

("How do Iiiiiiiiiiiiii (snap) say goodbyyyyyyye....")

Every year, for three weeks straight, that fool would stand at the fair with one Santa Claus arm out and one Santa Claus arm weirdly at his shoulder, saying "Howdy, folks!" to every single person he saw. He was a 52-foot tall Walmart greeter before there were Walmart greeters.

("I thought we'd get to see foreeeveeeeer...")

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The erection jokes were fun. Really fun. We'll never forget them, Big Tex.
("But forEVER's GOWN AWAAAAAY...")

Big Tex, I remember being afraid of you when I was a kid. And last week. But, you stuck around like an old, creepy carnival worker should.

("I hope it's worth all the payayayain. It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterdaaaay...")

The Big Tex Choice Awards bobble heads did not bobble for eight straight minutes today. They'll carry on your giant cowboy legacy in miniature until we can rebuild you.

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We'll remember you like this. Not en flambé.
("And I'll taaaaaaake with me the memoreeeeeeeEEEEEeeeeeess to BE MAH SUNSHIIINE after the RAYYYAAAAAIhahayahayayahayaayhaaayn.")

And I promise, we won't let the rebuilders try to rebuild you cooler. There will be no Big Tex 2.0 bullshit. You will be rebuilt with exactly the same funky face and giant Dickeys that you're supposed to have. We love you, Big Tex. Can't believe this happened. We're all pouring out 200oz beers in your memory tonight.

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28 comments
MissMacy
MissMacy

My husband Sam has volunteered to stand in for Big Tex temporarily. Sam is 6'5" and has the same shirt. Seriously.

demmadotcom
demmadotcom

Big Tex, Sad…

He is met by  the same tragedy

as his Great Grand Pappy

Hindenburg…

"Oh, the humanity!"

Jason Lumberg
Jason Lumberg

I say they rebuild and burn it every year like the Texas version of the Zozobra.

nptexas
nptexas

I've missed very few State Fairs in my life, so this is kind of sad.  I still prefer his voice from the 70s.  That said, I've never eaten a Fletcher's Corny Dog anywhere but from the stand in front of Big Tex.  And I agree he should not be a "new and improved" version.

gunnertec
gunnertec

In the words of Grubes: It's a great day.

Benjamin Meddows
Benjamin Meddows

Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man.

Tim Terleski
Tim Terleski

Rebuild will probably take 1 million dollars....or 2 million coupons.

whodat11
whodat11

I guess that if the rebuild him, he'll have to wear FRC. Carthart makes some FRC Western wear.

amarkscpa1
amarkscpa1

Ohhhmyyygoddd, they are serving up Fried Tex at the Fair today, nice and crispy.

Deborah Stephens Grisolia
Deborah Stephens Grisolia

i think he should be rebuilt. and, if it's a question of money, then i think every school in this state should get every child involved collecting pennies just like we collected pennies when i was young to help with the statue of liberty restoration.

AmyS
AmyS

I hope the rebuilt Big Tex looks a little more like Jock Ewing.

Shanta Chunn
Shanta Chunn

They need to change the symbol of the State Fair anyway!

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Meh. 

 

Big Tex is/was kinda lame. Yeah, I said it.

Rudy Cruz
Rudy Cruz

Big Tex-Mex!! "Hola, folks!!"

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

I love you Alice, a perfect use of Boys II Men mixed with your awesome writing

ThatGuy
ThatGuy

 @nptexas I agree.  It's very sad.  No disrespect to the new guy, but Jim Lowe will always be the voice of Big Tex to me. 

J_A_
J_A_

@Scruffygeist I dunno he always use to scare the shit outta me

J_A_
J_A_

@Scruffygeist

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