In advance of the State Fair of Texas, the NEW Big Tex has been making his appearance felt all over the great State of Texas with his larger than life footprints. So far this week he has been spotted at various Dallas-Fort Worth landmarks and other areas of Texas that retrace his this gentle giant's famous history.
In his first stop before heading to Fair Park for the opening of the State Fair of Texas on September 27th, Big Tex was seen at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. After visiting Victory Park and WFAA’s Daybreak the week before, Tex decided to visit old friends at the new Perot Musem of Nature and Science. He visited the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall (he felt it would hit close to home) and raced against a Tyrannosaurus Rex in the Sports Hall.
As Tex headed out for his next adventure, the loveable giant left behind a set of bootprints with fun facts about how he sizes up to a famous pre-historic reptile. Be sure to visit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and see the gigantic mark Big Tex left behind.
Big Food for Big Tex at Klyde Warren Park. After visiting Victory Park and the Perot Museum, Big Tex headed over to Dallas’ almost-year-old Klyde Warren Park to check out the food trucks. Then it was time to get a new pair of duds for Big Tex's State Fair debut and so why not visit the Dickie's Manufacturing Plant in Fort Worth, Texas. He’ll be wearing an outfit this year that was sewn especially for him in the original Dickies plant that opened in 1922 at 509 West Vickery in Fort Worth. He admits to having a tear in one eye when reminiscing about his previous wardrobe. The ensemble destroyed in last year’s Fair had been chosen by Tex’s friends on the Dickies Facebook page.
Then today, September 19th, Big Tex headed over to Kerens, TX. What is the significance of Kerens, TX? Kerens (population 1,584) is Big Tex's original stomping grounds and Kerens holds a special place in Big Tex’s heart – he stood as the town’s giant Santa Claus for two years before State Fair President R.L. Thornton inked a deal with the iconic Texan. Big Tex has been traveling around Texas to visit some favorite spots before going back to work.
Then on September 20th, Big Tex is headed back to school. To commemorate the Red River Rivalry that is played every year at the State Fair of Texas, Big Tex will be at the University of Texas at Austin. The giant Texan decided to visit the capitol of his home state and see the sprawling campus. While on his journey, Tex will stop by The University Co-op. It has been a mainstay of the UT campus and Austin for more than 100 years. Located directly across from the UT campus at 2246 Guadalupe, Tex left his boot prints as proof that he was on the move again!
Dallas based FedEx Office provided the in-kind printing services for the enormous boot prints as Big Tex makes his way across Texas.
“We are thrilled to be a part of bringing Big Tex home to Dallas,” said Brian Philips, President and CEO of FedEx Office. “Preparing for his arrival in a fun and interactive way requires filling some rather large shoes (or in this case, boots) and we are honored to help.”
The State Fair of Texas runs September 27 – October 20. Visit bigtex.com for more information about this year’s State Fair of Texas.
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