Big Tex to be installed Friday at Fair Park for State Fair of Texas

Texas News

UPDATE: Sept. 20, 10:20 a.m.

Live video from Texas Sky Ranger courtesy of NBCDFW


(NBC NEWS) — Big Tex will soon be greeting visitors to Fair Park for his 67th year.

On Friday, the 55-foot-tall cowboy will resume his post at the heart of the State Fair of Texas, which kicks off Friday, Sept. 27.

The installation is free and open to the public. Crews will use a crane to install Big Tex beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, though the installation time may be changed due to possible inclement weather.

This year, Big Tex will be sporting new boots through the fair’s 24-day run. The size 96 kicks designed by Keller’s Katie Sauceda were chosen as part of an annual contest.

The State Fair of Texas, with this years theme of “Celebrating Texas Creativity,” runs from Sept. 27 through Oct. 20.Big Tex: Then and Now

1952 – 20122013 – Present
Height:52 ft.55 ft.
Chest31 ft.33 ft. 9 in.
Biceps7 ft. 8 in.
10 ft. 9 in.
Boots7 ft. 7 in.
12 ft.
Hands3 ft.
5 ft. 6 in.
Head8 ft.
10 ft.
Inseam16 ft.
20 ft.
Shoulders12 ft. 6 in.
13 ft.
Sleeves22 ft. 6 in.
13 ft.
Neck10 ft.
11 ft.
Waist23 ft. 6 in.
27 ft.
Collar12 ft. 6 in.
16 ft. 8 in.
Hat75 gallon
95 gallon
Boot Size7096
Original Cost$750$500,000

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