Since 1952, Big Tex has loomed over the Texas State Fair in Dallas like some benevolent god, keeping watch over excessive fried food consumption, vertigo-inducing midway rides, and the vomit that sometimes results in the combination of both — not to mention the annual Red River Shootout football game between the University of Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma University Sooners.
To Texans, Big Tex is as much a sign of autumn as the changing leaves or pumpkin spice lattes. So it was with great horror that the world watched Big Tex burn to the ground in 2012 due to faulty wiring in his boot (isn’t that always the way it goes?). Luckily, he has been rebuilt. Like a phoenix, he has risen from his own ashes to once more slightly creep people out while they chow down on corndogs and funnel cake. As God intended. To memorialize his return, we’ve hand-screened him onto a children’s shirt as soft as a Texas spring evening.