Big Tex is an icon like few others. During the State Fair of Texas, you'll find Big Tex overlooking Fair Park from his station in front of the Tower Building, next to the northern entrance to the Texas Skyway.
He periodically welcomes fair visitors with his signature ‘Howdy folks!’ and occasionally delivers information about fair events.
Big Tex made his debut at the State Fair of Texas in 1952. Back then, he had a crooked nose, a lascivious wink and no ability whatsoever to speak.
On his 60th birthday, in 2012, an electrical fire destroyed him during the fair’s run. However, one year later, he was back in business in a new set of duds sewn in the original Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Plant, which opened in Fort Worth in 1922.
As of 2016, his Western shirt runs a size 200 x 325 (neck x sleeve); his jeans run 434 (waist) x 240 (inseam). He wears a 95-gallon hat, his belt is 33-feet long and his size 96 boots are replicas of a 1949 boot designed by Lucchese.