It is with great sorrow that I announce the death of Big Tex.
For those of you who don't know who Big Tex is, he is a 50+ foot tall statue of a cowboy who stood at the Texas State Fair in Dallas every year since 1952, built on a wooden frame and wearing authentic CUSTOM fitted Dickies shirt and jeans. He was a marketing figure for attracting people to the fair and for many years had motors installed for animatronic waves and a voice that announced "Howdy folks! Welcome to the fair!"
One of the motors in his neck area short circuited and he burned down to the frame earlier today. He will be dearly missed. :sad:
Here is a video of the horror (not for the faint of heart): [link]