The very first Eastern States Exposition was held in 1916, and celebrates its 101st anniversary in 2017!
The original purpose of the fair being, like most state fairs, to promote the region's farming and agricultural industries by holding competitions, displaying the latest farming technology, and interacting with the public.
Today, the Big E is the only cross-state fair of its kind in the United States, and is ranked sixth among the American agricultural fairs in terms of size. It is held every year in West Springfield, MA for just over two weeks, starting on the second Friday after Labor Day and continuing until the third following Sunday.
2017 Big E concert lineup
The 2017 concert lineup includes Cole Swindell,
For King & Country, Cam, and Smash Mouth.
Watch for this year's Big E to kick off with an all-star concert lineup at the xfinity arena as tickets go on sale at BigE.com and Ticketmaster.
The fair features free admission on a first-come first-serve basis, but premium reserved tickets for these shows can also be purchased that includes admission to the fair.
In addition, all shows at the Court of Honor Stage, sponsored by xfinity, are FREE with fair admission.
Sept. 15 - Grand Funk Railroad at 7:30PM
Sept. 16 - Cole Swindell at 7:30PM
Sept. 17 - For King & Country at 7:30PM
Sept. 22 - Cam at 7:30PM
Sept. 23 - Smash Mouth at 7:30PM
Sept. 29 - Night Ranger at 7:30PM
Sept. 30 - Twine Country Fest at 7:30PM
What else to see at the Big E
While the Eastern States Exposition began as a farming and agricultural
fair, that tradition also continues with horse shows, petting zoos, and various livestock displays and shows.
Another popular attraction is the Avenue of States, which features replicas of the original state houses of the six states involved in the fair. Exhibits and vendors within each house represent their own cultures and traditions with land the each house is built upon actually belonging to the respective state.
Along with carnival rides, Mardi Gras parades, concerts and entertainment, don't miss the reenactment Storrowton Village where fair goers can experience 19th century New England
More about the Big E around the Web:
The Big E - The official site with information on the concert lineup, shows and events, admission and ticket prices, directions, map, photos.
The Big E - Wikipedia - Good overview including history, fun facts, fair highlights and related resources.