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The new summer midway at Fair Park kicked off over the weekend.

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The new and improved Big Tex will also have a different voice when he debuts at the State Fair in September.

Howdy, Folks. Got Some Money For Big Tex?

Dec 27, 2012
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The State Fair has set up a donation page online for Big Tex's repair.

11:50pm update: The DPD sends word that everyone is safely back on the ground:

Big Tex Flames Out

Oct 19, 2012
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It looked like a funeral procession, as the charred and wrapped metal skeleton of Big Tex was escorted out of Fair Park by motorcycle police. Earlier Friday morning, the State Fair icon had gone up in flames.

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We can rebuild him. We have the technology.   We can make him better than he was before.  Better.  Stronger.  But might we also think about making him ... browner?

Remembering Big Tex: His History Is Ours

Oct 19, 2012
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Today on Anything You Ever Wanted To Know, listeners called in to pay respects to Big Tex while the burned remains of the State Fair patriarch were being carted away in pieces.

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We're all in mourning for Big Tex, the State Fair of Texas giant who burned today. (But fear not, Tex-a-holics: The fair says he'll be back and better than ever when the 2013 fair kicks off next September.) Until then, here are a few classic moments in Big Tex history:

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Updated with video: The skeleton of Big Tex is being removed from Fair Park after a fire consumed the mammoth icon of the State Fair of Texas this morning, just days after his 60th birthday.

There are certain ‘classics’ that define the State Fair of Texas: Big Tex, fried foods, thrill ride screams, and the voices of the carnival barker.

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Five stories North Texas is talking about: the battle against bullying, party in the deck park, ‘Nones’ and their habits and more.

A Debate Survival Guide, In Three Parts

Oct 3, 2012
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Five stories North Texas is talking about: Obama vs. Romney, Rangers adrenaline, and the State Fair on wheels.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: New ways to get nauseous at the Fair, new housing ideas for artists, the new Van Cliburn doc and more.

The State Fair of Texas opens today. This year’s theme is “Big and Bright” and there’s plenty of sparkle on the Midway.

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Texas lawmakers are investigating the causes of food shortages across the state and how to solve them.

For more than 100 years, a "marriage" between the city of Dallas and the State Fair of Texas has kept Fair Park going. But, it's not a marriage of equals. In this instance, one has money, one doesn't. KERA's BJ Austin says another couple is now at the center of the Fair Park/State Fair union -- and working to manage the "family finances."