Sue Gooding Big Tex Gets A New Voice By BJ Austin • Jun 20, 2013 BJ Austin / KERA News Big Tex has a new voice. The State Fair’s Sue Gooding confirms the selection from 111 applicants. New Sound To 'Howdy Folks', Voice Of Big Tex Fired By BJ Austin • Mar 27, 2013 BJ Austin / KERA News The new and improved Big Tex will also have a different voice when he debuts at the State Fair in September. Howdy, Folks. Got Some Money For Big Tex? By Lyndsay Knecht • Dec 27, 2012 Lyndsay Knecht / KERA News The State Fair has set up a donation page online for Big Tex's repair.