Vendors travel from across the country to be at the Big E

The Big E's economic benefits go far beyond just Western Massachusetts.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Set-up for the Big E was well under way Thursday morning, one day ahead of the fair’s opening.

Vendors come from all over the country, some even from other counties, to take part in the Eastern States Exposition. The Big E’s economic benefits go far beyond just Western Massachusetts.

Continuing Coverage: The Big E’s 100th Anniversary

For a lot of these vendors the Big E is just one of dozens of fairs they do each year. Vendor Mariama Law of Florida told 22News that the fair economy seems to be doing well. She has been successful at the other fairs she’s been to this season.

“This is probably the 20th or so. It’s pretty consistent, really busy. A lot of people say the economy is down, but we always do really good. I think it’s going to be a record year,” Law said.

Vendors we spoke to at the fairgrounds told 22News that the Big E is one fair that they really forward to, especially with this being the 100th anniversary.

“It’s great, they don’t call it the ‘Little E’ it’s the ‘Big E.’ Seventeen days, you have a lot of time to catch a good season.” Robert Rogan of Florida.

The fair opens Friday morning and is expected to bring 1.5 million people. Last year, the Big E brought 1.3 million people to West Springfield.

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