Big Tex is finally getting his moment in the spotlight.
The 55-foot-tall animatronic cowboy, which has been greeting visitors to the State Fair of Texas since 1952, will be featured this month on a new Travel Channel show called “Giant America.”
Hosted by comedian Tom Green, “Giant America” explores the stories behind every massive structure in the nation. In the premiere episode of the series, Green drops by the Lone Star State to get a behind-the-scenes look at the State Fair of Texas and find out how Big Tex comes to life.
The episode, which was filmed this past September, also will feature Green trying to answer the age-old question of how the 10-gallon hat got its name and attempting to set a record by eating an 85-ounce steak.
“I’ve traveled the country performing at comedy venues for over 10 years, and I’ve seen lots of amazing places and objects along the way,” said Green. “Some things are so massive that it forces me to ask those questions: ‘What is that?’ ‘What’s it doing here?’ ‘And why is it so big?’ And I’m finally getting to the bottom of it all!”
The premiere episode of “Giant America” airs at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15.