The Big E is known as the largest fair in the Northeast. Occurring every September for two weeks, this event draws in tens of thousands of people, eager to get their fill of draft horse shows, midway rides and deep‐fried goodness. This past weekend, we made the trek to West Springfield, Massachusetts to join in the good ole country fun.
Now, I am no stranger to country fairs. Since I was a little girl, I have loved going to them. My favorite part, aside from the food, are the animal exhibits. Though I am used to tromping around in muddy barns and grassy fields at country fairs, The Big E was far more groomed. However, they still had a strong agricultural presence with plenty of cattle and sheep, as well as piglets and a chick hatchery. The most exciting thing was being able to see the majestic Hallamore Clydesdales up close.
One of the main attractions is the Avenue of the States. Only open during The Big E, the avenue is home to six brick mansions, each representing one of the states that makes up New England. In each building, visitors can learn about local agriculture and traditions that are unique to each state. Though you did see multiple states proudly displaying their apples and maple syrup, the local craftsmen were far more varied.
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The other afternoon, I was lucky enough to get up close and personal with one of my favorite local chefs, Luke Venner. I got a chance to hang out behind the scenes, whip up some bomb butter and chat all things Churncraft.
A few weeks ago, a jury of 39 design experts from around the world met in Germany to judge more than 5’500 product innovations from 54 countries. After careful evaluation, the jury paid tribute to Churncraft’s design with the coveted Red Dot distinction. The Churncraft butter churn will be exhibited at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany, along with the other winners.