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Big Tex Is Hot

And he’s burning down. We have no details. But I’m sure we’ll hear more soon.

Photo by Bryan Casey.

UPDATE: There is now a Crowdtilt campaign to get Big Tex a new set of clothes. The campaign is set to tip at $50,000. (I’m sure you remember Crowdtilt. It’s what Cuban used to save the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.)

  • http://www.parkcitiespeople.com Dan Koller

    I love the second sentence of this alert on Channel 8’s site: “A fire has left Big Tex a skeletal frame on the State Fair of Texas grounds. Only his hands were left intact. More details to come.” The only thing missing is “He left behind a wife and three children.”

  • DGirl

    DMN is reporting that only his large hands survived. Maybe Big Tex wanted to transform himself into Tom Leppert.

  • DGirl

    DMN is reporting that only his large hands survived. Maybe Big Tex wanted to transform himself into Tom Leppert.

  • Spectator

    The headline is funny.
    The occurence is not.
    So sad.

  • Just Me

    I think this is the official State Fair picture of the day. Winner!

  • kk

    I’m told that children were screaming and crying, it was an awful scene.

  • Daniel

    If they did this every year — ritualistically, let’s say — I’ll bet they’d attract a devoted coterie of hippies, anarchists, artists and computer-programmer curiosity seekers that would mushroom over time until the event became “too big.”

    Time to beat Austin at its own game, people. I’m talkin’ the Burning Tex Festival.

  • Justin

    I didn’t know they moved Burning Man to Dallas this year.

  • http://frontburner.dmagazine.com Tim Rogers

    Great quote from State Fair spokeswoman: “We did lose the clothes, his hat, and head.”

    http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/state-fair-of-texas/headlines/20121019-state-fair-of-texas-icon-big-tex-goes-up-in-flames.ece

  • Chicken

    I live in Dallas, but work in Fort Worth. So that means, obviously, I work with a bunch of people from Fort Worth … all of them think that the burning of Big Tex is funny. Hearing all of the laughter and mocking around me – it’s a sad place to be right now.

  • Oscar Goldman

    Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic talking statue. Big Tex will be that statue. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster. We can even make him say (in an Arnold-like voice)… “I’ll be back”.

  • Margaux A

    His ‘Dickey’s’ sign survived – what a great advertisement for the brand. “Even when you’ve caught on fire, our label with survive”

  • Neal

    Looks like the last scene of The Wicker Man (the good one, not the Nicolas Cage remake). I hope the human sacrifice inside was acceptable to the harvest gods, otherwise the apple crop will fail yet again.

  • http://thatdavidhopkins.com David Hopkins
  • Chris

    Good to see the fair expanding its marketing to the Burning Man crowd.

  • Neal
  • Nick

    Tex killed himself so he wouldn’t have to watch another OU Sooner smack down in 2013.

  • Jeff

    If I ever needed an excuse to not wear Dickies, I think their combustibility just gave me one.

  • Bob

    It’s close to Halloween, just put a really big sheet over the frame with a couple of spots for eyes and let him finish out the fair. Only 3 days to go. It could be Big Tex trick-or-treating.

  • Jackie Dale

    Robert Jeffress says it is because of the gays in Dallas. I think it was using poppers while smoking. It has happed to me too many times to mention.