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Review of The Big E

The Big E
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

I skipped the Big E for several years during the late 80s, early 90s, because it always seemed like more of a marketplace than a fair. Once I started going back, I haven't missed one in several years and I can't wait for next year.
The entertainment choices have stepped up. Up and coming and chart-topper acts are the norm, more often in country/western pop it seems, but that's ok.
The merchandise exhibitors are many and varied, so chances are you will find something you want to buy.
The food choices are through the roof and there's a great selection of beers.
The state houses (one building dedicated to each New England state) are loaded with the specialties of each, including food and apparel. And some of that food is fantastic (think Maine lobster roll). Prices are reasonable to slightly high, but that's to be expected.
The parades are great, including a Mardi Gras style with beads and candy thrown to all who stand on the sidelines.
There are farm exhibits (animals and vegetables), horse competitions, etc etc. The Clydesdale horses are amazing. You can even visit the stables and get up close.
I could go on and on, but you get the picture. I usually park far enough away to pay $5 or less to park, and yet close enough to walk. Plenty of the neighbors will park you on their lawns or business lots.
It's worth the trip. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you'll be doing a lot of walking.

Thank thompstone
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

All of the New England states are on exhibit. You get to see what each State is famous. They also have an area for merchandise of new inovations. There are plenty of food vendors to keep you happy as well. There is a horse show and entertainment for everyone.

Thank verncastle
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

We have been going to the Big E every year for about eight years. I've been going to the NYS fair for 50 years and the Big E is waaay better. I always have to get some Big E special cheese, kettle corn and new england clam chowder. The variety of beer is incredible too. I always look forward to it and wouldn't miss it for anything.

Thank John M
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

The Eastern States Exposition aka The Big E, is located in West Springfield Ma. Few miles from 6 Flags New England and The Basketball Hall of fame. It is held the last 3 weeks of Sept. It hasent changed much since the time I was a little girl. You have 5 state buildings representing all the NE states (MA,VT,ME,CT, RI and when you visit the buildings you are in the State since each own thier buildings). Lots of agriculture, horses, and lifestock. You can watch a cow give birth to chicks hatching. Horse shows, lots to see and do in the other buildings on the property. They have food from the Big E creampuff, to the crazE Burger, a hamburger on a glazed donut. The landmark for the Big E is the big yellow slide, and the Better Living Center where you can find everything from handwritting analasis to a hair straightener and everything in between. They have a huge midway, with lots of rides and games, durning the week you can get a wristband for $25. They have big name bands perform as this yr The Beach Boys rang in the last concert for this yr. Some shows are included in your ticket price, which will run you from $12 (m-th) to $15 weekends. You can get discounted tickets online or go after 5pm for $6. Parking is available and $10 on the property. All side streets around the fair have parking. The lot does fill up fast and if a nice day, you could end up finding another place to park. Best thing to do is park at the Rocky's in Agawam 1/4 mile walk, and cheaper. Traffic is horrific on the weekends, and will back up on the highway to CT line. I suggest, from the south, take the exit for Bradley Airport and take Rt75 in and at the end of it, will be Rocky's on the left. The things we do every yr is get our picture from Scotty's photos (one located near the yellow slide, and to the right of the entrance of the midway. My parents started this off as a tradition by getting photo pins, and now my grandchild is on his 3rd pic, and its great to see how you have change thru the yrs, get a cream puff from the New England Building and ride the Big yellow slide many times over. They do have an area called Storrowtown Village, with an old church and 1 room school house. They have some incredible crafters over there. Something for everyone. The fair itself is huge and worth going to but make sure you bring a ton of money with you.

1  Thank micmaqprincess
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

Wow - so much to do and see. You need a few days to really experience the fair. Loved the horse shows and live animals. Great selection of really good foods. Loved the paved walkways plus there are plenty of benches to sit on. Ended our experience on Sunday night at the Beach Boys concert which was excellent! Yes, it is pricey - $10 to park and add in the gate admission charge. One complaint - they need more handicap parking spaces as they were all taken when we got there at 1130 - felt really bad for the family that parked beside us as they had a family member in a wheelchair and it was quite a trek to the fairgrounds.

Thank fivehuskys
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