DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — The the 2021 State Fair of Texas kicks off soon but Big Tex — Fair Park’s favorite cowboy — is all dressed up and taking his rightful place Friday.

The fair kicks of on September 24, one week from today.

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The 55-foot-tall cowboy will resume his post this year as the official State Fair of Texas ambassador.

Big Tex rising (Credit Chopper 11)

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Big Tex’s skeletal structure was originally built in 1949 for a Christmas celebration in Kerens. After two years there as the world’s tallest Santa Claus, the figure was sold to the State Fair of Texas for $750.

The cowboy made his debut at the 1952 State Fair of Texas, but had no voice. It was until a year later that Big Tex began greeting visitors with his now legendary ‘Howdy Folks!’

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Each year fans of the giant wait to see his new threads — which always include cowboy boots, blue jeans and a western shirt.