Big Tex looks down over Fair Park while being installed on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, in Dallas. The State Fair of Texas opens on September 30 and runs through October 23.

Big Tex looks down over Fair Park while being installed on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, in Dallas. The State Fair of Texas opens on September 30 and runs through October 23.

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How can you tell when the State Fair of Texas is getting close? Look for the 55-foot cowboy.

Crews erected the iconic Big Tex into place at the center of Fair Park in Dallas Friday morning, where he'll welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to the State Fair beginning Sept. 30. The revered mascot wears a new outfit this year -- in addition to his signature Dickies western wear, Big Tex sports a blue ribbon and badge on his shirt to honor the local officers that lost their lives during the July 7 ambush.

Watch: Big Tex readies to say, "Howdy folks!"

The State Fair of Texas runs Sept. 30 to Oct. 23 and features all the fried food you can wrap your mouth around. New eats this year include cookie fries, fried Jell-O, and an edible soda cup, among other wacky concoctions.

There are also new attractions, such as the "Taylor Swift Experience," steer butter sculptures, a recreation of the Sistine Chapel and a visit from the Budweiser Clydesdale horses. All of this is, of course, in addition to the usual concerts (Kacey Musgraves, Nelly, etc.), football games and Midway prizes.

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