“Big Tex,” Icon of Texas State Fair, Burns Down in Fire (VIDEO)
It’s a sad day for Texans. According to Dallas News, Big Tex, the 52-foot-tall icon of the Texas State Fair, burned down this morning. Take a look at the video:
“It’s a very sad day for all fair-goers,” said fair spokeswoman Sue Gooding. “We did lose the clothes, his hat and head,” she said. The fire reportedly broke out around 10:15 a.m. and burned for ten minutes. It is suspected to have been electrical, since it originated from Big Tex’s neck, where a motor runs to open Big Tex’s mouth and make him say “Howdy, folks.”
Mayor Mike Rawlings said the loss was shocking, but remained optimistic about the future of Big Tex. “Big things happen in Dallas, and Big Tex was a symbol of that,” he said. “I’m sure we’ll rebuild him and make him better than ever for the 21st century.”
The Official State Fair of Texas has yet to comment via their Twitter account – but plenty of other Twitter users are making fried food jokes, such as ‘Ole Boo Cocky:
“I knew they deep fried everything at the Texas State Fair but this is getting ridiculous #BigTex”
Others, like Darrious Polk, took the loss more seriously: “If you not from Dallas or grew up goin to the fair you don’t understand. Rip #BigTex”
Texans, sound off: what’s your response to the shocking Big Tex fire?