DALLAS (October 22, 2012)--The State Fair of Texas, marred this year by the loss of the towering, cowboy-hat-wearing Big Tex in a fire, may have set a record for spending on food and amusement rides.
The current record was set in 2010 at $37.3 million.
State Fair president Errol McKoy said this year's fair, which ended Sunday, could come close to that.
"It's just too close to call at this point,” he said.
The fair this year included a Chinese Lantern Festival and an exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts.
On Friday, the 52-foot-tall Big Tex was destroyed by fire caused by an electrical malfunction, but officials say Big Tex will be restored and will be back for next year's fair.