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DALLAS -

The new Big Tex is still under wraps in a tent. But FOX 4 got a peak at a new exhibit honoring his past.

The State Fair of Texas exhibit at the Hall of State will highlight the life and times of the 52-foot-tall animatronic statue.

It will include things like photos of him as Santa Clause when he was originally purchased in 1952. There will be video monitors showing TV coverage of him through the decades and even hat and shirt props for people to take photos with.

In October of last year, two days before the end of the fair, an electrical fire consumed Big Tex's clothes, head and hat. His charred hands will be in the exhibit along with some of the mementos people left after he was removed from Big Tex Circle.

"Having been born in Texas and raised in Texas, I love the fair because it is about Texas and Big Tex is about Texas. I don't normally wear the hat and boots everyday, but Tex does," said Errol McCoy, president of the State Fair of Texas.

The new Big Tex will be unveiled at 2 p.m. on Friday, which is opening day. The exhibit will be open for fair guests.

The fair runs through Oct. 2.

LINK: www.bigtex.com

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