The moment the Eastern States Exposition ends in September or early October,
it's easy to start looking forward to the same event the following
The Big E Offers More than a "Fair" Time
in West Springfield, Massachusetts
The Eastern States Exposition, also known as The Big E, is
traditionally a spectacular New England fair. Photo source: The Big E Flickr page
by Eric J. Hurwitz. Article updated on Aug. 21, 2018.
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Commonly known as The Big E, this classic, beloved entertaining and
educational New England fair held in West Springfield, Mass., offers a
supersized, colorful version of the local fair. With abundant amusement
rides, animal exhibitions, agricultural displays, comfort food
vendors, musical entertainment, horse shows, cooking contests, carnival
barkers trying to sell their goods, circuses
and parades, The Big E requires a full day to explore the lively,
bustling premises. For us, it's often tempting to come back a second
Perhaps the most impressive traditional highlight is the Avenue of
States, with its remarkable replicas of the six New England original
statehouses: Connecticut Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode
Island and Vermont. To further enhance the experience, what's inside
the buildings is even more satisfying: local products common to each
state, as well as educational, travel and tourism information.
That could mean wild Maine blueberry pie, Vermont Cheddar cheese,
handmade crafts from Vermont, hiking in New Hampshire information, or a
cup of clam chowder from Massachusetts. The aromas, displays and
exhibitions are seemingly endless in these beautiful buildings.
We've enjoyed so many Big E attractions through the years: delicious
barbecued chicken, carousel rides, eating too many mini-donuts, feeding
the giraffes, hilarious and entertaining sea lion shows, and concerts
by Faith Hill, Peaches and Herb and Sawyer Brown, Mardi Gras parades.
Without a doubt, one of the great prides and joys of The Big E is the
famous Big E cream puff -- a creamy custard topped with rich, decadent
chocolate! You might just be tempted to eat more than one -- it's
We strongly recommend checking out The Big E schedule for this
September as you're sure to find something of interest -- and perhaps
the start of your own grand, memory-filled tradition of visiting this
incredibly fun fair.
Editor's note: The 2018 Big E will be held from Sept. 14- 30.
Be sure to check out The Big E web page for a full
list of events
Eastern States Exposition
1305 Memorial Avenue (Rte. 147)
West Springfield, MA 01089
Phone: (413) 737-2443
Fax: (413) 787-0127
Info Line: (413) 205-5115
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