The towering greeter at the State Fair of Texas has been set up for next week’s opening of the annual expo in Dallas.
Crews using a crane on Friday lifted the 55-foot Big Tex character into place, complete with his 95-gallon hat, at Fair Park.
Big Tex last year got a new outfit, with a navy blue shirt featuring patches of red on the chest and shoulders and white stars.
A behind-the-scenes operator is responsible for the booming voice of Big Tex, known for his famous “Howdy folks” friendly welcome.
Last season was a good year for Big Tex, who received a new outfit and was voted “Quirkiest Landmark in America” by USA Today and 10Best.
The State Fair of Texas opens Sept. 25 and runs through Oct. 18 in Fair Park.