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The Big E

by Hannes Frey September 18, 2014

The Big E

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.

Hallamore truck at the Big ENow, 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.

Piglets nursing Horse and carriage The Big E carousel

Hannes Frey
Hannes Frey


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