Big E exhibit celebrates “99 Years of Fun”

Nostalgic exhibit is located at the Young Building

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Big E gets nostalgic as the great New England fair prepares to observe its 100th anniversary next year. The Young Building is home to the 99 Years of Fun exhibit, which is filled with memorabilia recalling western Massachusetts art, culture, and just plain entertainment during the past 99 years.

At the exhibit, Helen Piermont of New Hampshire learned all about famed children’s author and Springfield native Dr. Seuss.

“It was very interesting to find out what his background was like, and where he got his ‘Dr. Seuss’ name from,” Piermont said.

For the many Big E visitors to the Young Building, the exhibit brings back memories.

“I grew up in Springfield and I lived here until I was 16 years old, so this is part of my history,” Michelle O’Neil of Chesterfield said.

The trip down Memory Lane is the brainchild of Big E employee Anne-Alise Pietruska.

“I mean, everybody knows somebody who has something, so we asked around, and people were just willing to participate,” Pietruska said.

The 99 Years of Fun will continue to be a Big E mainstay through the run of this year’s fair, as an introduction to the Big E’s 100th birthday in 2016.

Click here for a closer look at the exhibit, which aired on Mass Appeal.

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