'A national tragedy': 10 years ago, Big Tex went up in flames at Texas State Fair

  • Source: WFAA-TV ABC 8 Dallas
  • Published: 10/20/2022 12:00 AM

Ten years ago Wednesday, Big Tex burned. And there was no saving him. A reported electrical fire sent the State Fair of Texas icon up in flames, nearly incinerating him into a heap of ashes. Only a fried skeleton of the famed cowboy and his waving hands were left in the end. And if you don't think Big Tex means a lot to some people, just go back and look at our coverage from the day it happened. The scene at the fair was akin to a funeral. WFAA's David Schechter, reporting from the fairgrounds, described fairgoers "gravitating" toward what was left of Big Tex, taking photographs and video "almost in a sense of loss and mourning, strange as it may seem." "It's became quite a spectacle, and, really, for Texas, a bit of a national tragedy if you can call it that," Schechter reported.


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