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Neon Big Tex Headed to State Fair

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DALLAS -- It's official, Big Tex now has a little brother. He's 38-feet tall, so this isn't your typical newborn. In fact, you can't really call Lil Tex new.

The neon sign has been a fixture at Centennial Liquor Store  for more than 50 years and is now moving to Fair Park.

State Fair officials just bought it for an undisclosed amount of money, but apparently, it's not ready for primetime quite yet. It will join the festivities at the fair starting in 2016.

The people who run the fair are asking for input from fans on where they should place this newcomer on the fairgrounds. Since the State Fair is considered a national landmark, whether or not the sign becomes a permanent part of Fair Park depends on the Landmark Commission.

This isn't the neon attraction's first time in the limelight. It had a cameo in the AMC original series "Halt and Catch Fire." Yep, this sign has definitely come a long way from its humble beginnings at the Big D Value Mart back in 1961.

For now, Junior will be resting his boots in a warehouse until it's his time to shine next year. So, get ready Big Tex, you're not the only cowboy in town anymore.

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