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Big Tex Goes Up at the State Fair of Texas

Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas (image by Mr. Holga)

On Monday, September 20, 2010, Big Tex was once again raised to his perch at the center of the State Fair of Texas. Mr. Holga, our walkabout photographer, was on hand to snap a few images using his Holga and Nikon cameras.

The State Fair of Texas has a lot of art to talk about. We’ll be reporting on the Creative Arts winners (visual art only) and the sculptures around the fair over the next week.

Hope to see y’all at the fair. Enjoy the images of Big Tex below.

How is Big Tex Put into Place

Big Tex is rolled out like his own little boat trailer. He has wheels attached to his legs, where his boots will be later, and a pair of wheels supporting his shoulders and keeping his hat off the ground. Harness wires are attached to each shoulder at the shirt seams with a few guide wires. Big Tex is lifted up by a crane at the harness. As soon as he is stood up, the wheels attached to his legs are removed. After being hoisted into place and secured at the base, Big Tex gets his two piece boots (front and back) attached to each leg. The whole process takes about 30 minutes.

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