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Updated Digs for Big Texas

Written by , published September 26, 2013


Last year’s State Fair of Texas cliffhanger was an electrical fire that damaged the iconic Big Tex. As the State Fair opens this year, visitors will see that you can’t take a Big Tex down, plus he’ll have a revamped station.

Big Tex has, indeed, risen from the ashes and will stand tall (55-feet!) at his newly redesigned post when he reports for greeter duty on opening day, tomorrow. The State Fair of Texas runs Sept. 27-Oct 20.

Dallas graphics design firm Nottestad & Co. and landscape architecture by Studio Outside transformed Big Tex Circle into an ideal meeting spot with informational panels that pay tribute to Big Tex’s life, and colorful bands of flowers.

"The gallery consists of six 3x5 foot panels picturing historical moments from the past 60 years (devastating 2012 fire not included)," says Sandra Nottestad, president of Nottestad & Co. She adds, "The panels provide great backdrops for people to pose for their State Fair of Texas ph otos as they have for generations."

“Big Texas has a story to tell, and we are bringing it to life,” says designer Dean Nottestad. “People underestimate Big Tex’s fans and their Texas-size love for him. We are giving his fans more of what they love about the big guy,” he adds.

Look for Texas Highways at the State Fair

Texas Highways staffers will be on hand at the State Fair of Texas, working with our friends at the Texas Department of Agriculture and Texas Historical Commission, as we share Texas travel literature with fair attendees.

Find us in the Food and Fiber Pavilion (near the butter sculpture, we hear).

You can pick up great information on the many trails, including the Brazos, Forts, Hill Country, Mountain, Pecos, Plains, and Tropical trails. Informational booklets on the Chisholm Trail and African Americans in Texas also will be available.

The TDA booth will be active throughout the fair, but Texas Highways will be joining the party from Oct. 3-5, where we’ll be giving out Texas State Travel Maps, True Texas Stickers and copies of the latest edition of Texas Highways magazine, while supplies last.

There will be a daily drawing for a free Texas Highways subscription, for the duration of the fair!

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