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Big Tex, State Fair of Texas Icon, Goes Up in Flames

Photos: lostintexas / Twitter, ihatecomedy / Twitter

Big Tex, patron saint of all things fried and 70-foot-tall mascot of the State Fair of Texas, is no more. The huge cloth-and-wire structure caught fire this morning in what is believed to have been an electrical fire. Big Tex celebrated his 60th anniversary at the fair this year, but now only his hands remain. Fair officials told MyFoxDFW that Big Tex will be rebuilt for next year's fair. Below, local news footage of Big Tex's smoking remains.

Video: Big Tex Destroyed by Fire at State Fair

· Big Tex Destroyed by Fire at State Fair [MyFoxDFW]
· All State Fair Coverage on Eater [-E-]