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Strong Security Measures Being Taken at the Texas State Fair

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After Big Tex—the Texas State Fair’s iconic, 52-foot-tall cowboy—burned down in flames last October, people wondered whether or not a replication would be built. He has been, and according an article from KERA news, he’s under tight security until the fair starts on Friday.

Big Tex is being kept under an opaque tent until Friday, even though he was usually revealed the Monday before the fair in past years. After smoke began emanating from the giant statue’s head last year, fairgoers realized that an electrical fire had started. He burned down shortly thereafter, the only thing remaining his rigid metal skeleton. According to an article from Dallas News, he burned down in just about 10 minutes.

Fair organizers have left the details of the new giant cowboy a secret, as they want his reveal to be a complete surprise. Security will be guarding the tent every day until Friday, ensuring no secret photos or video are taken of Big Tex.

In addition to security on Big Tex, the state fair itself will have more security than ever, according to a report from NBC News, which states that visitors will notice the extra security the minute they get there. More police officers on hand, extra surveillance cameras, private security guards at the entrances, metal detectors, bag searches and other precautions are being taken. A representative from the State Fair of Texas states that extra precautions are being taken because of recent events such as the Boston Marathon Bombing.

What do you think about the extra security precautions being taken around Big Tex and the Texas State Fair? Could security be toned done or even amped up more? Let us know your thoughts.

Sources:

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/09/23/north-texans-eagerly-awaiting-big-texs-reveal/

http://keranews.org/post/big-tex-101-look-his-new-digs-even-though-state-fair-security-said-no-pics

http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/state-fair-of-texas/headlines/20121019-electrical-fire-destroys-big-tex-state-fairs-folksy-icon-since-19521.ece?ssimg=754219#ssStory753800

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Expect-Extra-Security-for-State-Fair-of-Texas-225076162.html

Posted by Jamie Friedlander on Sep 25, 2013


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