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BIG E Fast Facts

• Where: Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds, West Springfield, MA

• When: Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 30, 2024.

• Directions to ESE fairgrounds:
Just off Rte. 147, or set your GPS to 1305 Memorial Ave. W. Springfield MA 01089 or see full route map.

Watch for Big E in 2024 to to kick off on Friday, September 13 running through to Sunday, September 29, 2024 providing food, family fun and a star-powered concert lineup.

All about the Big E

The Eastern States Exposition, also known simply as the "Big E", is a very unique kind of state fair.

Rather than serving just one state, the Eastern States fair is, as the name suggests, the state fair of several states — six in fact: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont all consider the Eastern States Fair their home.

The very first Eastern States Exposition was held in 1916, and in 2021 it marked its 105th anniversary.

The original purpose of the fair, like most state fairs, was 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.

2024 Big E concert lineup

big-e concert performers
:Ludacris and Big Time Rush are the
first acts announced for Big E 2024.

The Big E Arena 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. Prices usually range from $39 - $59.

In addition, all shows at the E "Emerging Talent" Stage are FREE with fair admission, with premimum tickets available for front row seats.

So far, organizer have announced that rapper Ludracris will be performing at The Big E Arena on September 14 at 7:30 p.m., followed by Big Time Rush who will also be performing on the Arena stage on September 29.

Meanwhile, keep it here for complete dates, performers and showtimes as the entire schedule is announced over the summer.

What else to see and do at the Big E

And what would a state fair be without the food? At the Big E, selection can vary from groumet treats to down-home favorites -- including deep-fried hamburgers, taco chompers, and bacon-loaded tater tots! For dessert, the upside down banana split is another popular favorite.

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.

food at Big E
It's all about -- the food! -- at BIg E With new tempting entries added to the menu each year.

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 that each house is built upon actually belonging to their 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 first hand.

DID YOU KNOW? Big E trivia & fun facts

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Here a chick, there a chick, at Farm-A-Rama:

• How big is the Big E? Covering 175 acres of fairgrounds, the Big E is the largest agricultural event in the northeast and the seventh-largest fair in the nation attracting more than 1.5 million people a year.

• The Big E's chicken hatchery is a major draw for kids of all ages. Three weeks before the fair opens, the hatchery begins putting eggs into incubators to ensure chicks will hatch every day at Farm-A-Rama.

• More than 600 pounds of butter go into making the annual butter sculptures that have been another star attraction at the fair for the past 20 years.

• The Eastern States Exposition was the official name of the fair until 1967, when it took on the easier-to-remember and more popular nickname, "The Big E."

More about the Big E around the Web:

The Big E 2024
- 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.

Eastern States Exposition - Star-rated reviews from Yelp members with tips and information on food, fun and entertainment.


also see -> Lowell Folk Festival | New York State Fair

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