Big Tex is gearing up for 2021 at the Texas State Fair – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The Texas State Fair will reopen in just one week and Big Tex is ready for its big debut.

The 55-foot man will be lifted with a crane in place at the “Big Tex” circle Friday at 10 a.m.

It’s time! The Texas State Fair is just around the corner and crews began work Thursday afternoon preparing Big Tex.

The State Fair was canceled in 2020, but Big Tex will appear this year with a face mask to greet thousands of attendees at the fair for a guided dining experience.

The 2021 State Fair will present some key differences from previous years. The fair follows the mandate of the masks in Dallas County, so masks will be needed inside.

Attendees do not have to demonstrate proof of a COVID-19 vaccine, but the fair offers on-site vaccines. Those who receive a vaccine will get fair coupons worth $ 20.

The public is welcome to see Big Tex return on Friday morning at 10 a.m., but people are asked to practice social distancing and wear a mask in crowded areas.

The Big Tex skeleton structure was originally built in 1949 for a Christmas celebration in Kerens, Texas. After two years in the spotlight as the world’s tallest Santa, the Kerens Chamber of Commerce sold the figure at the Texas State Fair for $ 750.

Dallas artist Jack Bridges was incorporated on board to transform Santa into Big Tex.

Big Tex debuted at the State Fair in 1952 and, after a bit of engineering, “found his voice” in 1953. His wave was added in 1997 and three years later he began to turn his head.

On October 19, 2012, Big Tex was destroyed by an electric fire, the same year it celebrated its 60th anniversary. He returned to the State Fair with a Texas-sized welcome celebration held on September 27, 2013.

The 2021 Texas State Fair will open on Friday, September 24 and run through Sunday, October 17.

Daily tickets are now available at For more information on current precautions at the Texas State Fair, visit

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