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The Big E

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Address: 1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA 01089-3578
Phone Number:
+1 413-737-2443
Event dates:
16 Sep 2016 - 2 Oct 2016
Closed now
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00

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A must attend - PUT ON YOUR BUCKET LIST. More than a "country fair". The "state" houses feature the state's major products, etc. Lots of free samples. Try the Maine baked... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2015
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

A must attend - PUT ON YOUR BUCKET LIST. More than a "country fair". The "state" houses feature the state's major products, etc. Lots of free samples. Try the Maine baked potato, well worth the wait - Lobster roll excellent - wild blueberries too.

Thank twoseniors2013
Boston, Massachusetts
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358 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

Easy access.clean staff delightful. .great venue for all sorts of events goid qyality readinablw food plenty of parking

Thank Gypsy1102
West Springfield, MA
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133 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2015

Something is always going on here. I've gone to home shows, craft shows, and dog shows. But there's something for every enthusiast almost every weekend. *I won't go to The Big E during their hugest event in September due to the crowds and fear of fried Oreos/pickles/Milky Ways. But that's me and people love the fair. I guess it's a... More 

1 Thank BessieLil
Kent, Connecticut
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219 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2015

I have been going to the Big E for over 60 years. I still like the old name, Eastern States Exposition! Love the State Buildings and all of the sights, sounds, and aromas throughout the grounds. Definitely has something for everyone.

1 Thank Howland_Owl
Staten Island, New York
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3 reviews
Reviewed 7 July 2015

Great place for dog shows. Love the fact that it is one of the few indoor shows in the summer which of course makes it more comfortable for dogs and people. Easy to get to and numerous shows there throughout the year.

Thank Ann L
Vero Beach
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55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Just going to the 5state exhibits is enough for me. Sampling the food they're famous for is a treat. Lines can be long but they move fast. Lots of walking but plenty too see and do, just like a local state fair but on a huge scale. You need all day to see it all. It's worth the return trip.

Thank Steve L
South Windsor, Connecticut
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176 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2015

We used to go to this event yearly, but it became a lot of the same year after year. The ride area is too expensive (both the actual rides and the "games"), and it seems to be more about merchandise booths than it was in the past. However, I still find the crafts and the home show buildings interesting, and... More 

1 Thank POTCLover
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68 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2015

Old stadium but comfortable. It's a great place to watch demonstrations and shows during the large equine affair there every year.

1 Thank dannop
Hampden, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2015

My friend went last year and had a ball. There is plenty to do for all ages and great for kids and seniors. Being disabled there is a vender who rents scooters and is great for elderly and disabled persons. I think it would benefit the Big E to offer these rentals for all events they have there. I know... More 

1 Thank Frank N
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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202 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2015

6 states get together for one big state fair here every fall. amazing that so many people don't know about the fair, but we locals go back every year. the food, the animals, the atmosphere, the circus: all together mark the start of our fall season. locals argue about which building has the best food, which stands have the best... More 

1 Thank jeffrey k

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