- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

DALLAS (AP) - The towering greeter at the State Fair of Texas has been set up for next week’s opening of the annual expo in Dallas.

Crews using a crane on Friday lifted the 55-foot Big Tex character into place, complete with his 95-gallon hat, at Fair Park.

Big Tex last year got a new outfit, with a navy blue shirt featuring patches of red on the chest and shoulders and white stars.

A behind-the-scenes operator is responsible for the booming voice of Big Tex, known for his famous “Howdy folks” friendly welcome.

The State Fair of Texas opens Sept. 25 and runs through Oct. 18.

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Online:

http://bigtex.com

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