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Big Tex Gets a Makeover at the State Fair

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Big Tex Gets a Makeover at the State Fair Big Tex Gets a Makeover at the State Fair

At first I wasn't exactly sure if it were some kind of stunt or not. But it became quickly apparent that it was for real.

It just wouldn't be the state fair of Texas without big Tex. But that was almost the case after that fateful fire last October 19th.

I walked up with my family just as the fire started. Pulled out my phone. Started taking pictures. Next thing I know I'm on a bunch of the national stations.

Officials knew pretty quickly what caused the fire.

It was an electrical short at the base where the power comes out of the ground.

After big Tex was all but destroyed by that fire it was time to rebuild before the next fair.

We knew it needed to be a company from Texas.

Out of this search....a couple of companies were recruited to bring the big man back to life. After nearly a year of design and construction, it was time to bring him home. But big Tex didn't return to the state fair on a truck like you would think.....

The funny part of it is his body really does become a trailer and he actually drove himself up here which few people know.

We can add axels to him and wheels and he drove on highways up here as big Tex and no one knew.

And after arriving at the fairgrounds, big Tex was put up in a practice run to make sure everything checked out. After that, he was hidden away before the big reveal.

He took about another six hours and again we installed him overnight.

Ta-da.....The new big Tex is born.

But how do his fans feel about his new look?

I love him. I think he's much better looking.

I like the new sun tan that big Tex has. It looks good. They say he's gained a little bit of weight too. Looks like he's gained a little bit of weight but I think he's in good shape.

He came back weighing twenty-five thousand pounds. He left us weighing less than six thousand pounds. So he is a big tall Texan.

The obvious question here is what has big Tex been eating while out on sick leave.

Texas beef. Hill country beef

There is some disagreement however, on if this new weight gain and friendlier appearance has helped the man retain his youthful appearance.

He does look a little friendlier. I think its a good look for big Tex.

Some other improvements you'll see.....

His hand waves this year. His neck moves. And his mouth moves.

His face is made out of celastic. His hands will also be celastic which means that they can give.

Does it move?

His jaw actually moves now from the back pivot point rather than a marionette.

Big Tex even has a brand new voice

But where is this new man of mystery who took the helm as the voice behind the Tex?

It's a big secret. We just decided a new name with a new big Tex.

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