posted on Oct, 19 2012 @ 09:37 PM
I was there last night, so I was really sad to hear this morning that he was no more.
They'll rebuild and have an even better Big Tex for next year's fair. He was 60 years old anyways. He probably needed some major upgrades.
For anyone not familiar with him or the state fair, both he and the Texas Star Farris Wheel are the main two icons of the fair in Dallas (well,
outside of the UT/OU game). He talks to passerbys. There's a guy that sits in a tent/booth just behind him that will single out people in the crowd
and tell them to use a napkin or to straighten their shirt or something. Its always a laugh and good fun.
My mom worked out there this year and is close friends with a man that owns many booths. He's heard that it was an electrical fire (started in the
head area, around where his mouth moves), and the fabric just allowed the fire to spread rapidly. She was telling me today that workers around him had
commented to her a week or so ago about how he just didn't seem right this year. His mouth wouldn't move as well with the words and things like
that. I even noticed that last night. So I guess they were probably having problems with him prior to today.