The State Fair of Texas, scheduled for September 27 to October 20, has just announced its 2013 theme will be The One & Only, to coincide with the phoenix-like resurrection of our corn dog guardian, Big Tex.
They've promised that the 52-foot tall host will return refreshed and accompanied by appropriately grandiose fanfare, although no specifics have been stated just yet. (We hope he'll still be a little creepy in the face; we like our Tex weird.)
Here's the entire press release:
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STATE FAIR OF TEXAS OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE THEME FOR 2013
The State Fair of Texas® has selected The One & Only as the theme for the upcoming season (Sept. 27 - Oct. 20). All eyes will be on Big Tex Circle when the Fair's 52-ft host returns to his place of honor on opening day. Big Tex is the inspiration behind this year's theme. For sixty years, the one and only stood watch over the fairgrounds during the annual State Fair of Texas. On October 19, 2012, a fire engulfed the beloved cowboy. Without divulging specifics, Fair organizers are planning a celebration befitting the gentle giant's return. The Top o' Texas ride will offer fairgoers a 360-degree panorama view of Dallas while traversing a 500-ft tower. The ride will debut during Summer Adventures in Fair Park™ - a new entertainment offering presented by State Fair of Texas and opening in May, 2013. The State Fair Fall Garden Exhibition has grown into one of the Fair's most popular attractions. "Since the program's inception, we've used the backdrop of the Fair as a stage to educate and entertain our audience through garden displays, a garden railroad, and a lecture series," according to Fair president Errol McKoy. "My goal was to transform Fair Park into a showcase of green and floral during our 24-day event and serve as a place to bring gardeners and gardening experts together." The Chevrolet Main Stage will feature top entertainers every weekend plus live bands throughout the week. All concerts are free for fairgoers. A complete lineup will be announced in the coming months. This year's State Fair Musical is the Tony® Award -winning Broadway sensation The Lion King. The unforgettable score, breathtaking sets, and talented cast will thrill audiences during its three week run in the historic Music Hall at Fair Park. Performances will be offered daily (except Mondays), Oct. 2 - 20. Following on the heels of the second-most successful event in the Fair's history, organizers are predicting this year's lineup of food and fun will produce another record-breaking year.