Big Tex Will Haunt Your Dreams

State Fair of Texas
Moments ago, a Friend of Unfair Park directed my attention to the State Fair of Texas's Facebook page, where 18 old photos from fairs past were just posted. All are worth a look-see; remember the fun we had browsing Nick DeWolf's stash of pics from the '77 State Fair? But this one in particular sticks out, because Big Tex looks nothing like the kindly Patron Saint of Corny Dogs he's become over the decades. The cache of stills also features something I don't think I've ever seen: the original 49-foot-tall Santa from Kerens out of which Jack Bridges fashioned the original Big Tex 60 years ago.

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With his jeans tucked into his white boots Tex almost looks like the tallest Kilgore Rangerette.

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