DALLAS (AP) — Big Tex is turning the big 6-0.
The towering, hand-waving mascot of the State Fair of Texas is celebrating his 60th birthday as crews ready to hoist him up Monday at Fair Park in Dallas. The State Fair opens Friday.
With his 75-gallon hat, 50-pound belt buckle and folksy, slow drawl to greet visitors — "Howdy, folks!" — Big Tex has been the star of the fair since 1952. The birthplace of the 52-foot-tall cowboy was actually outside Dallas in the town of Kerens, where the giant figure was originally a Santa Claus.
Big Tex was showing his age even before this latest birthday.
The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday that upon turning 50 in 2002, crews made his hair grayer and added wrinkles to his face and hands.
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Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police are looking for a missing woman.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.