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Big Tex burns at state fair
Flames consumed the towering figure in size 70 boots and 75-gallon hat at the fairgrounds in Dallas on Friday. Within 10 minutes, he was gone. Haley described Big Tex as 'a childhood memory,' adding that, 'I hope they rebuild it.' Meanwhile, iReporter Kellie Tipshaw shot video of smoke pouring out as the iconic statue went up in flames.
Big Tex made his debut 60 years ago, welcoming visitors to the Texas State Fair with a booming voice. For many Texans, he had become as much of an institution as the Alamo. You can read more about the fire on CNN's This Just In blog.
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- katie, CNN iReport producer
My dad shot the photo at the fair. It's sad, because Big Tex is a childhood memory. I hope they rebuild it.