Big Tex Is Ready For The Texas State Fair

by Steven Doyle    photos by Robert Bostick

Big Tex moseyed on over to his perch at the Texas State Fair. His favorite spot is just in front of the Fletcher’s Corny Dog Stand where he stares down that the hundreds of thousands of people slop up their meat sticks with copious amounts of mustard.  

Big Tex has been voiced by many people over the years, but we most associate his booming drawl from Jim Lowe, a long time Dallas radio personality who first coined the legendary “Howdy Folks” riff, and belted out announcements for over thirty years. Now the voice honors go to Bill Bragg who hopes to beat Lowe’s longevity record.

You may have visited Big Tex’s little brother in Canyon, Texas. He goes by the name of  Tex Randall. Randall is a braggadocios 47 feet tall, and although rather slim he weighs in at 7 tons. Big Tex weighs only 3 tons, but is 52 feet tall and wears a size 70 boot for some major butt kicking.

The State fair gates swing open September 28, 2012 and runs through October 21. We will have plenty of fair coverage this year and hope to see ya’ll there.


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