Big Tex, mildly terrifying friend to all state fair guests, lives yet again

Imagine this in a booming, robotic drawl: “HOWDY.” Now, return that greeting to Big Tex, who has officially returned for this year’s State Fair of Texas.

OCTOBER 10, 2015 - Texas fans, Mark Jacobs, Jennifer Bowland, Billy Jacobs, behind, and Ryan Jacobs, left to right, enjoy a famous Fletcher's corndog in front "Big Texas" at the State Fair of Texas before the start of the Big 12 conference game between Texas and Oklahoma held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tx., on Saturday, October 10, 2015. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

OCTOBER 10, 2015 – Texas fans, Mark Jacobs, Jennifer Bowland, Billy Jacobs, behind, and Ryan Jacobs, left to right, enjoy a famous Fletcher’s corndog in front “Big Texas” at the State Fair of Texas before the start of the Big 12 conference game between Texas and Oklahoma held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tx., on Saturday, October 10, 2015. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Crews erected the titanic cow-puncher at the center of Fair Park in Dallas on Friday, according to the Dallas Morning News. And, to be honest, we mostly wanted you to see their tweet about the annual rebirth.

The Morning News reports that Big Tex’s new duds have a special meaning this year: honoring fallen police officers.

“The revered mascot wears a new outfit this year — in addition to his signature Dickies western wear, Big Tex sports a blue ribbon and badge on his shirtto honor the local officers that lost their lives during the July 7 ambush.”

You’ve got plenty of time to visit, because the State Fair of Texas runs Sept. 30 until Oct. 30. Be honest, you’re already looking forward to your Red River Rivalry selfie with the big guy.

This is certainly happy news for fans of Big Tex, but it might be a good time to remember that time he caught on fire in 2012, and also consider that remains an excellent Halloween costume idea.

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