WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Did you know that 1978 was the first year the Big E attracted more than one million visitors? If you forgot, the Big E’s centennial exhibit could take visitors back down memory lane.
Chris Bennefant of Somers, Connecticut remembers going to the auto races when she was little girl. She said she misses those races, describing them as “one of my earliest memories.”
Eyes lit up as vintage posters reminded veteran fairgoers of all the attractions they enjoyed down through the years. “It just brings back so many memories,” Attleboro resident Lynn Coucette said. “It really does, I can’t tell you there’s so much here, it’s wonderful they did all this.”
The poster of Roy Rogers, the King of the Cowboys himself, sparked instant recall for Jim Derochers of Longmeadow of a September evening in 1972. “It brings back really good memories I can here when I was very young.”
I can vouch for the accuracy of Jim’s memory from 1972. I had taken my then 8-year-old son to see the King of the Cowboys and his trusty horse Trigger on that September evening.
The centennial exhibit is on display in the Young Building for the entire 17-day run of the Big E.