New Duds For State Fair’s Big Tex

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DALLAS (AP) – When the State Fair of Texas opens its three-week run Friday in Dallas, the signature 52-foot cowboy Big Tex will be sporting some new duds.

Tex been fitted with a red and blue Western-style shirt with stars and new blue jeans to go with his boots — size 70.

The outfit was selected in an online vote conducted by Tex’s official tailor for the past 14 years, the clothing maker Dickies.

Dickies vice president Matthew McCartin told The Dallas Morning News it took about two weeks to make Tex’s shirt and another week for the jeans.

Tex took his place Monday at the Fair Park to utter for the first time this year his famous “Howdy.”

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