The state of Texas is mourning the loss of an important figure recognized statewide: Big Tex, the 52-foot-tall cowboy statue who had presided over the state fair since 1952, caught fire Friday morning. The fire started in Big Tex's right boot due to an electrical short and took only 10 minutes to consume the rest of the mascot. He was 60. Fair officials say not to worry: he'll be rebuilt in time for next year's festivities. But will he be the same?
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