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Big Tex Gets a New Shirt

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State Fair officials unveiled Big Tex's new outfit. | Image by WFAA

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The State Fair of Texas revealed Big Tex’s new shirt last Friday at the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

They spread out several of his old shirts across the field as well. Dickies crews take weeks to make his shirts.

The fair will be open on September 30, and Big Tex’s 70th birthday this year. Big Tex was originally erected in Kerens, Texas in 1949 in the form of “The World’s Largest Santa Claus.” In 1951, it was sold to the State Fair president R. L. Thornton, who turned his components into Big Tex.

Many Texans will remember his 60th birthday in 2012 when the structure caught fire and then had to be rebuilt for the following year.

Since then, he has only gotten bigger. Going from a 15-foot sleeve to a 23-foot sleeve 130-pound Dickies shirt.           

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