Big Tex Burned Down Today at the State Fair

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They're raising the roof in Texas Heaven today.
State Fair mascot Big Tex has gone up in flames. It's still not clear what caused the fire, which is reported to be "under control."

Remembering Big Tex:
"Big Tex Gets a Makeover," by Allison V. Smith
Alice Laussade's exclusive interview with Big Tex
"Big Tex Will Haunt Your Dreams," by Robert Wilonsky

Photos from fair-goers show Big Tex burned to a blackened crisp, surrounded by fire trucks. I live nearby, and I can hear both fire-trucks and helicopters overhead. We'll have more for you as this develops. To quote fellow staff-writer Brantley Hargrove, "I feel like my heart is breaking."

Update, 11:09 a.m.: A State Fair spokeswoman told Fox 4 the fire was seen coming from his neck and might have been "electrical in nature."

More photos below and video below:


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The Stig
The Stig

I remember the first time I went to the State Fair on a field trip in elementary school. Big Tex was just scary/ugly looking in a bad art way. Hopefully the new one will be a little more realistic.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Stay hard, uhmmmm(?), former Keren's Santa Clause-BIG TEX........we had many a great memory under your visage.   So many crisp fall days in the sometimes near frozen, and sometimes balmy October air. 

 

R.I.P.

ItsSoSad
ItsSoSad

Maybe he got too hot under the collar at the exhorbitant price to see the stupid Chinese light show.

 

Cool down big guy. We'll get 'em next year!

mitchell.ds
mitchell.ds

I always thought Big Tex was creepy and now that I can see his skeleton, he's even creepier...

don.abbott
don.abbott

Now for the back story:  a Japanese film crew, awestruck by the fair in general and Big Tex particullarly, asks if Big Tex could predict how the Cowboys' season would go.  Ever the accomodating host and keenly aware of the language barrier, Big Tex said "I'll just demonstrate".  Well, things got out of hand but the Japanese loved it and it led the Tokyo news this morning!

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

an attempt to divert attention away from John Wiley Price's FBI investigation.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

OBAMA'S RAGE SHOWS UP IN TEXAS....CLAIMS, "BUSH DID IT"....BIDEN GIGGLES AND GRINS ABOUT IT....SUSAN RICE CLAIMS IT WAS A RESULT OF AN ANTI FT. WORTH VIDEO ON YOUTUBE....DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ CLAIMS THAT IT PROVES THAT ROMNEY LIES AND OBAMA IS THE MESSIAH.

 

IT WAS AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE BIG TEX LOOK LIKE AN AFRICAN AMERICAN.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Excellent Jacquielynn Floyd article in today's DMN.  Please please please; no citizen design competition, no city council committee, no Santiago Calatrava-design.   

romeolipschitz
romeolipschitz

I thought fried jambalaya was the...   Never mind.

sidewalkastro
sidewalkastro

I thought the Burning Man Festival was in August!

boydc34tw
boydc34tw

@KitVanArsdale Big Tex was posing as Ghost Rider for Halloween. Didn't work out so well. :(

jaray
jaray

Height of Big Tex skews scale but grassy knoll just north of Big Tex actually on other side of Red River. 

jaray
jaray

Kid you not the Condoms to Go store burned down an hour later. Owner was despondent after learning he lost his biggest customer. 

jaray
jaray

Self immolation. He learned it was mandatory deep fry at 65. 

 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man. Big Tex will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.

kt_mcbride
kt_mcbride

@laurenedoyle very sad day in TX :(

jaray
jaray

If you look carefully at picture notice grassy knoll to the left....

 

jaray
jaray

can we start a headline contest?

 

"Fair Officials Desperate Over Low Attendance Numbers Sacrifices Largest Virgin In Texas"

 

"Fair Turn Lemons into Lemonade: Deep Fried "Big-Tex Oysters" Newest Midway Food Hit"

 

"Elton John Eulogies Big Tex with Special Version "I'm A Candle In the Wind"

 

"Cake at 60, His Own Candle at 60 And a Day"

 

"Big Tex Learns Horrible Cost of Clothing Optional Lifestyle"

 

"Question Answered: Big Tex Commando All These Years"

don.abbott
don.abbott

Since only steel remains, can we have a midnight candlelight vigil?

giscoe
giscoe

he saw the Red River Game and got way too angry...

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Wikipedia already is referring to him in the past:

 

"Big Tex was the 52 foot tall icon of the annual State Fair of Texas held at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas."

OCGeezer
OCGeezer

Man, they'll fry anything at the Texas State Fair!

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I'm just picturing those clacking jaws: Heeeelp me, folks!

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

Sometimes it takes a tragedy of this magnitude to bring us all together....

vcverbeke
vcverbeke

@pflores That was a sad story and picture.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Sniff ... Sniff ... electrical in nature my ass ... more like something an ou fan would do ...

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

What a devastating tragedy!!!  Big Tex, we hardly knew ye.

jaredwilbanks
jaredwilbanks

@DoodyMac AMAZING! Er, I mean BUMMER! It really is beautiful...

scouser88
scouser88

@jack_story the voice of big Tex - Bill Bragg used to work for EDS on the AA account and recently got let go by HP

anon.
anon.

Liar, liar...

ChaosInHerEyes
ChaosInHerEyes

@JessieJessup @Dallas_Observer wow...unbelievable!

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @VenturaMojo free Palestine, they've been under siege longer, and we've abetted that situation.  Tibet?  We have zero responsibility for Tibet. 

DoodyMac
DoodyMac

@jaredwilbanks He looks like he's wearing a headpiece or something. Really sad though!

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