Eastern States Fair 2014
Eastern States Fair also known as the Big E is considered as New England's Great State fair. All the six New England States-Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont takes part in this fair. Eastern States Fair is the largest agricultural fair in New England. The Eastern States Fair has traditionally been held in West Springfield, Massachusetts, every autumn. Starting on the second Friday after Labor Day, the event lasts for seventeen days. This year the Eastern States Fair is expected to start from September 12th to 28th.
Eastern States Fair was first held in 1917. The idea of such a fair was put forward by Joshua L. Brooks as a way to help the farming and agricultural industry of the region. The fair showcased all the innovations in the industry. Exhibitions of all the products peculiar to each of the six states will be there at the fair. The fair hosts contests in order to encourage farmers. The fair got the title “the Big E” in 1968. The main importance is still given to the agricultural industry, though many other entertaining elements entered the fair as a part of attracting the mob.
Major attractions at Eastern States Fair
- Avenue of States- a replica of the New England states.
- Livestock displays
- Dog, horse and pony shows
- Big E Super Circus
- Food stalls representing all the varieties of New England cuisine along with the signature foods of the fair.
- Storrowton Village- which makes a fair-goers experience the New England life from the 19th century
- Carnival rides
- Mardi Gras-style parade
- The Eastern States Coliseum, also known as the "Big E Coliseum”.