WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – With temperatures up in the 80s it’s hardly the weather you’d normally associate with the final weekend of the Big E.
The gates weren’t open for long on Saturday morning before people were already standing in line for food while taking in the last weekend of the Big E.
“I feel really good about today. last week I went, but it rained,” said Hugo Gerrman from Ware.
But there was no rain in sight on Saturday and not many clouds either.
With the forecast calling for unusual warmth all weekend people 22News spoke with weren’t thinking about fall just yet.
“It will feel like summer, Indian Summer we call it,” said Rafael Mojica from Springfield.
Visitors weren’t the only ones excited for temperatures more than ten degrees above average.
Maryann Brick, from Granby, Massachusetts, owns South Beach Smoothies. She knows that when the temperatures go up, so do sales.
“The warmer the weather the better it is, especially in the smoothie business and the frozen bananas. It’s all good, I’m so pleased!” said Brick.
At last year’s Big E temperatures got up to 80 degrees just once with over an inch of rainfall and they still had record attendance. This year they’ve had half as much rain and warmer temperatures this weekend.
While the middle weekend of the fair is typically the busiest, many people believe two days of summerlike warmth could only be good for attendance on the final weekend of the Big E.
“Unbelievable to have such a difference in temperature. You know, at this point you should be in the fifties, but 80 degrees today is astounding and especially for the last weekend of the Big E you’re going to bring more people out here,” said Howard Frydman from Bloomfield, Connecticut.
If you plan to take advantage of the summerlike warmth, don’t forget the water and sunscreen.