Sunday wraps up final day of the Big E with record numbers

More than 1.4 million people walked through the gates this year


WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Sunday wraps the final day of the Big E, and it was another successful year.

Big E President and CEO Gene Cassidy told 22News, “The fair has been a smashing success from straight through to right now. The fair going public has really supported us, because in spite of the weather, we’re posting some really good attendance numbers. I think we had like five record days over the course of the fair.”

Cassidy said the goal was to welcome nearly 1.4 million people through the gates this year. A goal the Big E achieved.

Attendees told 22News, what keeps them coming back year after year. People came in droves and high numbers to see the animals, but it wouldn’t be a fair without the food, which also attracts people.

Izzy Bernstein from East Granby told 22News, “I like the Big E cream puffs. They’re so tasty and sweet.”

Starleena Cash from Springfield said, she enjoys the Big E so much, she gets a 17-day pass, “Because it just gives me a chance to try different food, bring my son to do different activities, events, watch the circus. Just do different things all around.”

Now that the fair is over, items at the lost and found sit and wait for their rightful owner.

Aimee Baron of  Big E’s lost and found told 22News, “We get anything from items that they purchased to their cellphones, baby shoes, and baby strollers. We have lots of different items.”

And fair goers leave behind some bizarre items. Baron said, “In the past years, we have had numerous sets of teeth.”

22News asked the President what big acts we can look forward to for next year. “You can bet it will be some of the biggest names in entertainment,” said Cassidy.

If you think you lost an item at the Big E, the lost and found will be open tomorrow morning from 10-7pm.

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