WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The official tally is in; 1,345,961 visitors attended the Big E in 2015, setting two daily attendance records in West Springfield along the way.
According to the Eastern States Exposition, a record number of guests filled the 17-day fair on both Opening Day (Sept. 18th; 73,213) and Connecticut Day (Sept. 23rd: 97,892).
In a release, the president and CEO of Eastern States Exposition Eugene J. Cassidy thanked all guests who came out to enjoy this year’s fair, saying “We graciously appreciate the support of the agriculture community, all six New England states and the extended Fair family who put The Big E on their agenda each year. Tomorrow we look to the future and our 100th anniversary celebration Sept. 16 to Oct. 2, 2016.”
The New England fair celebrated its 99th year with a number of musical guests, eateries, and galleries, including the ’99 Years of Fun’ exhibit, highlighting the Big E’s history leading up to its 100th anniversary.
The Big E capped off its 2015 run on with its first-ever “Collector Car Experience” classic car show as well as a performance from DJ Paris Hilton on Sunday night.
Other featured musical guests included Alabama, Kansas, and Brett Eldredge.