CNN PRODUCER NOTE SSpring photographed "Big Tex" at the Texas State Fair on October 17, just days before the statue burned down in an electrical fire. She says she was saddened to learn about what happened to the statue, saying she was shocked and heartbroken. She says when she captured this photo she could not help but take in how majestic the statue looked. 'Big Tex looked glorious at night with all the lights trained on him. He is iconic. He is the presence at the Fair, he is the fair to me,' she said.
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer