State Fair of Texas http://tpr.org en 'We Care For Him:' Big Tex's Designers Talk About Rebuilding State Fair Icon http://tpr.org/post/we-care-him-big-texs-designers-talk-about-rebuilding-state-fair-icon When it comes to Big Tex, all secrets can now be revealed.<p>R. Eddy Snell and Karen L. Miller have had to keep a big secret for the past year &#8211; perhaps the biggest secret in the state of Texas. The State Fair of Texas hired them and their group, SRO Associates, to create the new Big Tex.&#160;<p>SRO is a production company near San Antonio. The company has built sets and created entertainment for several theme parks across the country, including SeaWorld, Six Flags and Hershey Park. But SRO got a lot of help from San Antonio-based Texas Scenic Company to build his interior steel structure, as well as program his movements.<p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:14:13 +0000 editor 19241 at http://tpr.org 'We Care For Him:' Big Tex's Designers Talk About Rebuilding State Fair Icon Deep-Fry Chefs Keep It Hot And Poppin' In Texas http://tpr.org/post/deep-fry-chefs-keep-it-hot-and-poppin-texas Every year, the State Fair of Texas awards the most original food that is battered and plunged into a vat of boiling oil.<p>And it gets weirder every year. The obvious choices came and went in previous competitions — concoctions such as fried ice cream, fried cookie dough and chicken-fried bacon. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 20:12:00 +0000 John Burnett 17758 at http://tpr.org Deep-Fry Chefs Keep It Hot And Poppin' In Texas Texas State Fair's Big Tex Destroyed by Fire http://tpr.org/post/texas-state-fairs-big-tex-destroyed-fire <p>Big Tex is 60 years old this year, but instead of birthday candles to blow out, firefighters had a fully engulfed fire to extinguish.</p><p>State Fair Vice President of Marketing Mitchell Glieber said the fire ran up the electrical line to his jaw, destroying the 52-foot icon of the Texas State Fair.</p><p>"Probably within 5 minutes or so, all of his clothes were pretty much on fire," said Glieber. "It happened fairly quickly, but there weren't a lot of people in the park."</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 21:12:39 +0000 Ryan Loyd 718 at http://tpr.org Texas State Fair's Big Tex Destroyed by Fire