Towering greeter Big Tex set up for State Fair of Texas

Big Tex courtesy of State Fair of Texas

DALLAS (AP) — 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.

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The State Fair of Texas opens Sept. 25 and runs through Oct. 18.