Military appreciation day September 15, 2017

A military ID is required for free admission.

(The Big E)

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (The Big E) –  The Big E will start this year’s festivities off with Military Appreciation Day, sponsored by the VA New England Healthcare System on the Fair’s opening day, Sept. 15.

Military Appreciation Day is The Big E’s way of saying “thank you” to those who are currently serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces. A military ID is required for free admission. Acceptable forms of ID for veterans are a copy of DD214 or proof of membership to any veterans’ organization.

Free admission is provided to:

  • Active duty and retired military personnel,
  • Dependents of active duty military personnel,
  • Veterans (no dependents)

In what has become the largest veteran’s outreach event in the country, the VA New England Healthcare System will provide information on both national and state veteran resources, including the opportunity to sign up for VA healthcare or to file a service connected disability claim. Veterans are encouraged to stop by the VA information center located along the Avenue of States. VA staff members will be available from 8am-6pm to answer questions and assist veterans and their families. Veterans are asked to bring a copy of their DD 214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,” to help assist counselors in determining a veteran’s eligibility for VA benefits.

The VA New England Healthcare System is one of 21 Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) for the VA, and is comprised of eight medical centers accredited by Joint Commission located throughout the six New England states. For more information on VA healthcare in New England, call 1-844-VA-CARES or go to

Opening Day is also “Be A Kid For A Day,” when Fair admission at the gate is only $10 for everyone. Tickets can also be purchased online or at all Big Y® World Class Markets® Aug. 24-Sept. 13.

The Fair takes place Sept. 15 – Oct. 1 and will be jam-packed with food, entertainment, and so much more! For up-to-date information on fun-filled activities and events happening throughout the Fair, visit, join our mailing list, or call our information line at 413-205-5115. Connect with us on social media and check out our app for the latest info, contests and more!