DALLAS -- The State Fair of Texas is taking donations to help build a new Big Tex.
The 52-foot-tall cowboy and fair icon for 60 years burned this year due to an electrical short. The fire left charred remains and twisted metal.
Fair organizers have vowed to build a new Tex, but it won't come cheap. Fair spokeswoman Sue Gooding tells The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/12IIQZd ) that the cowboy was insured for close to $200,000 - well short of the estimated $450,000 to $600,000 a rebuild will take.
So the fair launched a donation page on the website www.bigtex.com.
Gooding says Big Tex will now come with a fire-suppression system and no guide wires. Officials expect designs next month and hope to start building the new Tex at the end of January.