State Fair Mascot Honors Fallen Officers [VIDEO]
The iconic Big Tex mascot will honor fallen Dallas Police officers. Early this morning, officials with the State Fair of Texas and the Dickies clothing company unveiled the towering mascot's clothing for this year's event. Displayed prominently on Big Tex's western shirt is a ribbon along with a Dallas Police badge. This summer, five officers were killed in an ambush style attack during a demonstration in downtown Dallas following the shooting of a black man in Baton Rouge.
In an interview with FOX 4 News in Dallas, the company says it took two weeks to make the 55-foot-tall Cowboy’s shirt. The sleeves alone are 27 feet long. His jeans take 100 yards of fabric and a solid week to sew at the Dickies original plant in Forth Worth that opened in 1922.
The new wardrobe comes just a few years since a mechanical failure caused a fire to badly disfigure one of Texas' most famous Cowboys. Below is a documentary about his reconstruction produced by Dallas Morning News.