It's almost that time of year again! Among the crazy food vendors, agricultural events, historical attractions, rides, concerts, and so much more, The Big E, or the Eastern States Exposition, is the largest event on the east coast. Walk into the gates of The Big E and you are welcomed with a taste of New England history, culture, and entertainment!
It all began in the late summer of 1916. Joshua L. Brooks created the first Eastern States Exposition to help promote agriculture and educate young people about the skills and knowledge needed for agricultural vocations. Innovations of the agricultural industry were displayed to encourage farmers to progress in both their agricultural methods and competition. Decades later in 1967, the fair was officially titled "The Big E." Now, over 1.5 million people from all over the country attend The Big E annually to experience one of the largest fairs in the nation.
What Makes The Big E So Great?
To this day, The Big E has maintained much of its agricultural roots through its historical attractions and livestock displays and shows. With over 7,000 4-H and FFA participants and 1,000 open-show exhibitions, The Big E has incorporated much of its agricultural and educational traditions.
One of the most popular attractions The Big E has to offer is the Avenue of States. The Avenue of States contains replicas of the six original New England statehouses. Each house features exhibits and vendors that exemplify the heritage, traditions, and food of its respective state.
As many fairgoers know, The Big E is known for its signature foods. In addition to traditional New England foods, The Big E has introduced some outlandish foods such as the famous "Craz-E Burger," or a bacon cheeseburger on a glazed donut. Each year, there seems to be a new signature food that only the bravest dare to try.
Last but certainly not least, The Big E offers other main events such as the Midway Fair and open-air concerts. The Midway Fair is home to a variety of carnival rides and games, including the famous Giant Wheel. As for the concerts, legendary bands and musicians perform each weekend on an open-air stage courtesy of the Xfinity Arena. As for the rest of the events and attractions that keep fairgoers coming year after year, you’ll just have to come and see for yourself!
This year, The Big E runs from September 14th–30th, and the gates open at 8:00 a.m. Premier Source offers discounted tickets for our members leading up to and during The Big E. Stop by one of our branches to purchase tickets for you and your family!
Visit The Big E's website to learn about dates, pricing, events, and attractions.
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