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Size Him Up: Big Tex Has 95-Gallon Hat, Size 96 Boots, 10-Foot Biceps

Big Tex is back.

Tex, the folksy cowboy who burned down last fall at the State Fair of Texas, was unveiled prematurely Thursday, a day earlier than planned.

He’s brand new from head to toe, showing off a bright white shirt and fancy boots that show off bluebonnets and other classic Texas scenes.

Big Tex had been put into place at Big Tex Circle early Thursday, under the cover of darkness. He was shrouded by tall drapes that surrounded him. It was as if he were taking a shower.

But the drapes didn’t cover his head. So TV helicopters hovered overhead and caught a glimpse of his head and part of his body.

But blame his premature arrival on the wind. Gusts were whipping the curtain around, and that worried State Fair officials. While Big Tex is designed to withstand 100-mph winds, he isn’t designed to dance with an out-of-control curtain.

So, around 2 p.m. Thursday, the curtain came down.

The State Fair opens at 10 a.m. Friday. A 2 p.m. ceremony will be held at Big Tex Circle to welcome back the tallest talkin’ Texan. That’s when we’ll hear his new voice for the first time.

In this edition of Big Tex 101, we offer some facts and figures about the new guy. Bottom line: He's big.

Out with the old, in with the new:


Before fire -- 52 feet

After fire -- 55 feet


Before -- 31 feet

After -- 33 feet, 9 inches

Hat size

Before -- 75 gallon

After -- 95 gallon

Boot size

Before -- 70

After -- 96


Before -- 7 feet, 8 inches

After -- 10 feet, 9 inches


Before -- 7 feet, 7 inches tall

After -- 12 feet tall


Before -- 3 feet long

After -- 5 feet, 6 inches long


Before -- 22 feet long

After -- 27 feet long


Before -- 23 1/2 feet

After -- 27 feet


In 1952 -- $750

In 2013 -- $500,000

Source: State Fair of Texas

Can’t get enough about Big Tex? Here are links to previous installments of Big Tex 101:

Look Back At State Fair Of Texas Icon's Early Years

Look At His New Digs, Even Though State Fair Security Said: 'No Pics'

Kerens, Birthplace Of Big Tex, Is Mighty Proud Of Local Boy Done Good

Relive His Fiery Demise And Watch These Quirky Video Tributes

Check Out The Cowboy’s Duds Through The Years

10 Strange Facts About The Tall Cowboy

Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. He also oversees, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.