It's officially time to say "howdy" to one of the tallest folks you know. Big Tex, the 55-foot-tall cowboy-mascot for the State Fair of Texas, has been lifted into place. In a week, on Sept. 29, the State Fair of Texas will open its doors for its 24-day run.
Fun facts about Big Tex:
His head weighs 1,300 pounds and his hat weighs 900 pounds. Add those together, and Big Tex's noggin weighs more than 1 ton.
In this story called "Inside Big Tex: A look at how he works," you can see that his shoulders, arm and head can turn. His signature move is the hand wave -- a 15-degree tilt up and down.
Speakers located in Big Tex's pelvis and legs, yep, you read that right, emit the jolly "howdy, folks!" salutation, which was voiced by a secret person, whose name the State Fair of Texas won't reveal.
Tex's skin is made of silicone. Hey, he's just like (some of) us!
His biceps are 10 feet, 9 inches around, says bigtex.com. Nice.
The new cowboy -- created in 2013 after a fire in 2012 -- cost half a million dollars to make. The OG Big Tex, from 1952, cost $750.
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