A FAMILY FAVORITE: THE BIG E
The Autism Diva was provided with admission to The Big E in addition to tastings of food, parking and slide tickets for purpose of this review.
As always, all opinions are my own.
The Eastern States Exposition, commonly known as The Big E, is held annually in West Springfield, Massachusetts. It is so popular that many start planning their next visit the moment the current season ends.
The Big E is not your everyday local fair but in fact is more of a Supersized, All Action, Fun-filled festival. From personal experience, other fairs tend to be a disappointment after experiencing The Big E.
The Big E has everything you would expect to find at a fair with much more. Amusement rides for young and old. Animal exhibitions, horse shows including the famous Budweiser Clydesdales which you can always see daily in the Parade. Circus performances and other family shows, Musical entertainment is daily with additional pay for concerts. Enjoy agricultural displays all from local New England vendors, cooking demonstrations and contests, and all the food you can possibly imagine is available for purchase.
The Big E requires a full day to explore all that it has to offer. In fact, after our last visit, I think will be coming back a second day.
BIG E FOOD
If you can imagine it, The Big E most likely has it. Deep-fried Oreos, jelly beans, Kool-Aid and traditional favorites like fried-dough. You’ll find Mexican, Chinese, Greek, Latin, German, Polish, Italian, and Indian food. Classic loaded baked potatoes, BBQ pork, sausage and peppers, and corndogs are on practically every corner.
As you can see from the video there are some amazing dishes to try. A whole new meaning to fair food.
AVENUE OF STATES
A highlight for our family is the Avenue of States. This is replicas of the six New England original statehouses: Connecticut Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Where else can you visit 6 states in one day?
Inside these buildings is local products, foods, entertainment and tourism information. We always learn of something place to visit and love the local foods like the Rhode Island house has Del’s lemonade and hot wieners, the Maine house has blueberries, Whoopie Pies and loaded baked potatoes, Vermont has cheese, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, & maple everything, Massachusetts has seafood and white and red raspberries, New Hampshire has apple pie and apple cider.
I’ve always been a little leery of carnival rides due to the fact they go up and down so fast. But since The Big E runs for an entire month, I feel more comfortable that they are tested and safe. Here you can find everything from Giant Scooters, the -Yo Yo, Zipper, Roller Coasters, a Faris Wheel, and the Giant State Fair Slide.
If you love to shop, you are going to love The Big E. You can find everything you could ever want and more. Crafts, steak knives, vacuums, a hot tub, a tractor and everything in between.
There are not only the usual craft booths throughout the grounds but buildings full! As mentioned earlier the States Buildings each have local artists and merchandise. But there is also the Young Building and the Better Living Center, each filled.
A longtime favorite is watching the different horse shows presented. Draft Horse Show, 4-H Show, Hunter Show and more. It’s a wonderful chance to see these beauties at their best and even get a break from all the walking. Take a seat in the indoors to cool off and watch.
The Big E runs every September (some dates in early October) and gates open at 8 am. Midway rides, exhibits, games, and admission to paid concerts at the Xfinity arena are not included with, a general admission ticket.
Adults $15/Children ages 6-12 $10; Children five and under are free. And if you want to attend the entire run, 17-Day Value Passes are $40 for adults and $20 for children ages 6-12. All prices are subject to change.
BIG E SPECIAL AND STATE DAYS
Many days have themes and highlights. Here is an example:
Be A Kid For A Day, Military Appreciation Day, Maine Day, 4-H/FFA Day, Storrowton Day, Chalice of Salvation Sunday, Salute to West Springfield,
Rhode Island Day, Salute to Holyoke, Connecticut Day, Massachusetts Day, New Hampshire Day, Vermont Day, Grange Day, Salute to Springfield,
Salute to Chicopee, Salute to Agawam, Salute to Westfield, Harvest New England Day, Salute to All Things Country, Salute to Special Olympics.
GETTING TO THE BIG E
The Big E is located at 1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, MA 01089
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