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"Big Tex" at the State Fair of Texas by Kyle Porter

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Nov 03, 2008
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Oct 13, 2008
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What: 2008 State Fair of Texas
www.bigtex.com Will open in a new tab or window
When: Sept. 26 - Oct. 19
Where: Fair Park, a 277-acre entertainment and recreation complex owned by the City of Dallas, is located two miles east of downtown. The park is the year-round home of the Music Hall, Cotton Bowl and eight museums. Fair Park is a National Historic Landmark and boasts the largest collection of art deco exposition buildings in the United States.

Big Tex
Big Tex made his debut at the 1952 State Fair of Texas. Wearing size 70 boots and a 75-gallon hat, Tex towered 52' above wide-eyed visitors. His denim jeans and plaid shirt were donated by the H. D. Lee Company of Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Cosmetic surgery the following year straightened his nose, corrected a lascivious wink and allowed him to talk.
From The Great State Fair of Texas – An Illustrated History, by Nancy Wiley.

HISTORY: The first State Fair to be held in Dallas was presented at this location in 1886. Fair Park was the site of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition which ran for six months and attracted 6 million people. An extended 31-day Fair in 1986 celebrated the Texas Sesquicentennial and drew almost 4 million visitors.

Update: 10-19-2012 Today, only one day after his 60th Birthday, Big Tex caught fire and burned today at the State Fair of Texas. Sad day, but I hear he will be rebuilt for next year.
Go Big Tex!


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GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3509 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 4101 megapixels (125416 x 32702 pixels)
Input images: 1218 (58 columns by 21 rows)
Field of view: 224.0 degrees wide by 58.4 degrees high (top=53.8, bottom=-4.6)
Settings:
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Image size: 3456x2592 (9.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2008-10-13 14:47:03 - 2008-10-13 15:42:27
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure time: 0.003125
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 357.6 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
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Horizontal overlap: 19.4 to 65.5 percent
Vertical overlap: 29.4 to 47.2 percent
Computer stats: 9216 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 47:24:24 (2:20 per picture)
Alignment: 7:34:23, Projection: 2:26:14, Blending: 37:23:46

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