The Big E is back from 17 fun-filled days

With all of these attractions, the largest fair in the Northeast is ready to offer fairgoers another round of the most fun-filled 17 days of the year!

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (The Big E) –  The Big E is back and it’s bringing another year of memorable entertainment, exceptional exhibits, amazing fair foods, rides and shopping. With all of these attractions, the largest fair in the Northeast is ready to offer fairgoers another round of the most fun-filled 17 days of the year!

ENTERTAINMENT

Music lovers, get ready to put on your dancing shoes. This year has a diverse line-up of great shows at The Big E’s xfinity arena and Court of Honor Stage, sponsored by xfinity.

xfinity arena, All shows take place at 7:30pm and are free except where noted.

  • Sept. 15: Grand Funk Railroad
  • Sept. 16: Cole Swindell ($49/$39)
  • Sept. 17: for KING & COUNTRY
    Sept. 22: Cam
  • Sept. 23: Smash Mouth
  • Sept. 24: Collector Car Experience, 2pm
  • Sept. 29: Night Ranger
  • Sept. 30: TWINE ($49/$39/$29; VIP upgrade, $20)
  • Lindsay Ell, 3:15pm
  • The Cadillac Three, 4:30pm

Parmalee, 6pm
Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibble Jr, 7:30pm
Oct. 1: USA Muffler Rap Championship
Hosted by Cruisin’ New England with Paul Mennett

Tickets for xfinity arena concerts are available at TheBigE.com. Free concerts come with the option of purchasing premium reserved seating for $29, which includes Fair admission, a $15 value, when purchased prior to the show date.

Court of Honor Stage, sponsored by xfinity

  • Sept. 15 – 19: The Alley Cats, 11am, 1 & 6pm
  • Sept. 15: Vintage Trouble, 8pm
  • Sept. 16: Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri, 3pm; Martin Sexton, 8pm
  • Sept. 17: Chalice of Salvation Mass, 10am; Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri, 3pm; Village People; 8pm
  • Sept. 18 & 19: Forever Motown, 3 & 8pm
  • Sept. 20 – 26: Street Beat Parkour Percussion, 11am, 1 & 6pm
  • Sept. 20 – 22: Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, 3 & 8pm (no 8pm on 9/22)
  • Sept 22: Cheat Codes, 8pm
  • Sept. 23: The White Hut Cheeseburg Eating Championship, 3pm; The Sugarhill Gang with Grandmaster Melle Mel, 8pm
  • Sept. 24: Sheila E., 8pm
  • Sept. 25 & 26: Ten Years After, 3 & 8pm
  • Sept. 27 & 28: The Lovin’ Spoonful, 3 & 8pm
  • Sept. 27 – Oct. 1: Mariachi Azteca del Sol, 11am, 1 & 6pm
  • Sept. 29 – Oct. 1: Fastball, 3pm The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, 8pm
  • Sept. 30: Nick Fradiani with Carly & Martina, 8pm
  • Oct. 1: The Machine performs Pink Floyd, 8pm

The E Stage, sponsored by Blue Chair Bay Rum
Listen to the fresh sounds of local and emerging talent at this new musical venue on the Flag Plaza. On weekends, experience the Western Mass. Songwriters Collaborative Series, and the Masters of Music Friday through Sunday.

Get ready for a full day or more to get through the long list of featured attractions at The Big E. The fun includes the Mardi Gras & Daily Parades; The Big E Circus Spectacular, sponsored by Coca-Cola; Camel Kingdom, sponsored by Westfield Bank; McDonald’s Giant Slide; Commerford’s Petting Zoo; Everything that Matters in the Kitchen Cooking Show with Dianne Linderman, sponsored by Good Health Sauna; North American Midway; street performers and Vegas-style showgirls.

2017 FAIR FEATURES

  • Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition, sponsored by Uncommon USA
    Young Building • Daily, 10am – 10pm
    This unique exhibition recreates one of the world’s greatest artistic achievements, Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, reproduced photographically and artfully displayed. The highlights of the frescoes are presented in their original size. This innovative interpretation of the timeless masterpieces can be viewed up close, including The Creation of Adam. It has previously made stops in Montreal, Vienna, Shanghai, Dallas, Munich and New York.
  • Eastern States Exposition: A Walk through History
    Hampden County Building • Daily, 10am – 10pm
    The Hampden County Building auditorium has been revamped to house the history and tell the story of Eastern States Exposition. The exhibit will feature photography, memorabilia and artifacts, featuring historic items from the Exposition’s archives, including trophies and ribbons, pennants, advertising vehicles, posters and more, plus letters from former U.S. presidents, a replica of the famed Skyride, Storrowton Village on a small scale, Brooks’ family possessions donated by the late Grace Brooks Knibb, granddaughter of Exposition founder, Joshua L. Brooks, and much more.
  • Camel Kingdom, sponsored by Westfield Bank
    Avenue ShowPlace • Daily, 12, 2:30 & 7pm
    Lights! Camels! Action! Prepare to be wowed by Camel Kingdom and the stars of the show…rare, blue-eyed, spotted dromedary camels. There are fewer than 1,000 of these beauties in existence! This one-of-a-kind entertaining and educational experience features 14 camels in a desert oasis habitat. Have your very own camel encounter with a photo after the show. Every day is “Hump Day” at The Big E!
  • Everything that Matters in the Kitchen Cooking Show with Dianne Linderman, sponsored by Good Health Sauna
    Outside of the Mallary Rotunda • Daily 11am, 2:30 & 5:30 pm
    Syndicated National Radio Talk Show Host, Dianne Linderman, brings her farm-fresh cooking show to The Big E! The cooking show features three of Dianne’s healthy recipes – prepared using local produce to support our farm to fork initiative. Dianne’s show will get your family motivated to come back to the kitchen and start cooking again. Stick around after the show for taste testing.

CARS, CARS, CARS

Each week at The Big E brings a new group of collector, classic and custom cars that will line the grounds for car enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy. Shows include: The Antique Tractor Show, Sept. 16; Mark’s Classic Cruise Day, sponsored by Mark’s Auto Parts of East Granby, Conn., Sept. 17; Pioneer Valley GTO Association, Sept. 21; AACA Connecticut Valley Region, Sept. 24 & 30; New England Auto Racers Reunion, Oct. 1; and Circle of Champions hosted by Cruisin’ New England with Paul Mennett on the Avenue of States, Sept. 23. All shows are 8am – 4pm, weather permitting. Paul Mennett will also be hosting the USA Muffler Rap Championship at the xfinity arena on Oct. 1 at 9am.

The Collector Car Experience returns to The Big E, Sept. 24 at 2pm at the xfinity arena. Velocity Channel favorites, Mike Brewer of Wheeler Dealers and Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars will emcee. This one-of-a-kind automotive event features a first class line-up of vehicles from Brass Era cars to million dollar exotics, plus commentary and interviews by show hosts and car experts. All car shows are weather permitting.

FAIR FOOD

It’s all about the food at the Fair! From our signature desserts, The Big E Cream Puff and Big Éclair, to The Big E Craz-E Burger, there is an endless supply of delicious foods! There are hundreds of food locations on the grounds, from sit-down dining at Storrowton Tavern to grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and deep-fried “everything,” you’re sure to find something to fill your plate and please your palate.

New, mouth-watering foods include: Amy’s Sweet Treats’ Belgian Waffle Sandwich; Hofbrau Joe’s Burger Bomb; the West Springfield Lions Club’s Flatliner Burger; the Coffee Break’s Deep Fried Holy Cannoli; Tots-A-Lot’s Gourmet Tater Tots; the Deep South’s Waffle Chicken Bites; Pop ‘N Fresh’s Pumpkin Pie Funnel Cake; Porky’s BBQ Brisket Sundae; Burgundy Brook Café’s Sweet Pepper Bacon; Deluca’s Chicken Parmigiana Sandwich; and Hofbrau Joe’s Clam Box will offer Fried Shrimp Tacos.

AGRICULTURE

The Big E is known nationwide for its impressive agricultural showcase. Open show exhibitors as well as FFA and 4-H youth from across the country travel to the Fair to participate in the largest livestock show in the East and native produce competitions. See who will take home the blue ribbon!

Mallary Complex
Get a glimpse into life on the farm with cows, sheep, goats, llamas and other livestock throughout the Fair. Watch animal showmanship and see a variety of agricultural demonstrations from spinning and weaving demonstrations in the Fiber Nook to milking cows in the Milking Parlor, sponsored by the Mass. Dairy Promotion Board. In this exhibit, see modern milking practices in action and learn about how cows are cared for by your Massachusetts dairy farmers. Don’t miss the food artistry team of Jim Victor and Marie Pelton’s masterpiece made from 600 pounds of butter!

The Big E Wine Barn
Award-winning wines from The Big E Northeast Gold Wine Competition are on display in The Big E’s Wine Barn. Tastings are offered by winemakers, and fairgoers will have the opportunity to buy a bottle or enjoy a glass of wine or cider. Fairgoers (21+ with a valid ID) can sample and buy wines and ciders from throughout New England and New York.

Farm Gate Exhibit
Relax in the courtyard at the new Farm Gate Exhibit and sip local wines by the glass. You’ll also find The Creamery, with a variety of winning cheeses from The Big E Gold Medal Cheese Competition and more, as well as cured meats, jams and jellies. Bring some home to serve and take your next party to a new level. Watch as demonstrators present weaving and spinning techniques used to transform wool and fiber from alpacas and llamas into finely crafted products available for purchase in the newly relocated Fiber Nook. Can’t get enough? Mark your calendar for the Fiber Festival of New England, Nov. 4 & 5 for some great holiday shopping.

4-H Milk Booth & Apple Booth
Supporting a cause has never tasted this good! Stop by the 4-H Milk Booth located under the Mallary Rotunda to indulge in an old-fashioned chocolate, vanilla or strawberry “Jetshake.” If you’re feeling like having a light, healthy snack, the 4-H Apple Booth in Farm-A-Rama will hit the spot!

Farm-A-Rama
Experience the farm to fork process in the Big Y® Farm to Family Table Interactive Exhibit, an immersive environment that includes Hood’s Heart of It All Dining Room. Join the Naturals as you harvest the food at the farm and bring it to your family table.
Eastern States Exposition Horse Show

World renowned horse trainer and performer Guy McLean, joins the Horse Show lineup Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 1. Take a seat in the grandstands of the Coliseum to watch elegant horses trot, canter and gallop toward the blue ribbon in the Eastern States Exposition Horse Show, a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Heritage Competition, sponsored by Williams Distributing. Shows include: The Hunter Show and USHJA Zone 1 HOTY Finals, Sept. 13-17; $15,000 Hunter Classic, Sept. 15; Saddlebreds,

Hackneys, Morgans, Friesians, and Opportunity Classes, Sept. 21-24. The Big E Draft Horse Show will be Sept. 28-Oct. 1, featuring the $35,000 Six-Horse Hitch Showdown and the North American Classic Cart Series Championships, Oct. 1. Special performances include: Northeast Six Shooters, Sept. 26; Central K-9 Agility Show, Sept. 27-Oct.1; and The 4-H Horse Show takes place, Sept. 20-23. You can also come to honor the fourth inductee into the ESE Equestrian Hall of Fame Sept. 23 at 6pm.

The Eastern States Exposition Horse Show was granted the USEF Heritage Competition Designation on July 1, 2016. This prestigious designation places the show with an elite group of Federation licensed competitions that have been established for a long period of time and have made substantial contributions toward the development and promotion of the sport.

ESE Equestrian Hall of Fame Presentation
Join us to honor the fourth inductee into the Eastern States Exposition Equestrian Hall of Fame, Sept. 23 at 6pm! The Exposition’s Equestrian Hall of Fame was established in 2014 to recognize individuals and equines that have shown excellence in their discipline, made significant achievements in the competition world and made outstanding contributions to the sport and equestrian community. Nominations are open to actively competing or retired horses as well as individuals who have been affiliated with Eastern States Exposition at year-round shows or Big E horse shows. Visit TheBigE.com/EquestrianHOF for a list of past recipients.

More in the Coliseum
Fairgoers can also enjoy competitions in Horse Pulling, Sept. 18 and Ox Pulling, Sept. 19, as well as Sheepdog Demonstrations, Sept. 25 at 11am.

NEW ENGLAND CENTER

Home of the Creative Arts, 4-H Clubs, Food Contests and more! Stop by and see what fun, family entertainment is happening on the New England Center Community Stage, or watch creativity at work at the Demonstration Corral. Stop by the 4-H pods Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 & 17 from 10:30am to 3:30pm for the DreamWorks/4-H Spirit Riding Free at the Fair Experience.

Creative Arts
If you have a passion for the arts, visit the New England Center to see the display of entries and winners from the Exposition’s annual Creative Arts contests – photography, sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, beading, decorative paintings on fabric, hand weaving and other needlework entries and winners. New this year: The Make it with Clay Contest, Sept. 19; The Woodturning Contest, Sept. 27; and The Big E Paper Airplane Contest, Sept. 28.

Food Contests
Area bakers and cooks show off their culinary talent in the quest to take home the blue ribbon! The Big E will host the Domino Fabulous Candy Contest, Sept. 21 and The Mass. Maple Syrup Cooking Contest, Sept. 26.

STORROWTON VILLAGE

Storrowton Village Museum is a reconstructed, 19th century New England Village surrounding a peaceful Village green. During the Fair, the green will be bustling with activity such as demonstrations of crafts including broom making, tinsmithing, chair making and pottery. There will also be antique tool demonstrations, children’s games and tours of historic buildings. Fairgoers will have the opportunity to meet the 2017 Special Olympics Massachusetts National Games Team and learn more about the Special Olympics on the Green Oct. 1, 10:30am to 5pm.

Entertainment in the Village
Come to the Storrowton Village Gazebo, sponsored by MedExpress, to see Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy, daily at 11am, 2 and 6:30pm. (No 2pm show on Oct. 1).

AVENUE OF STATES

Only at The Big E can you visit all six New England States without leaving the fairgrounds. The Avenue of States captures the best each state has to offer, from traditions to music, foods and more. The uniqueness of each building is what makes the Avenue one of the most popular attractions at the Fair every year.

The Avenue celebrates the fall season on Harvest New England Day, Sept. 29 from 10am – 7pm. The lawns of the state buildings will be overflowing with native products and specialty vendors. Fairgoers are encouraged to make the experience even more fun by playing the “Passport” game while exploring the buildings. Participants need to get their Passport stamped in all six state buildings and report back to the registration tent before 5pm for the chance to win special prizes.

SHOPPING

The buildings and byways of The Big E are filled with shops and vendors to satisfy anyone’s shopping needs. Treat yourself to something special, buy gifts and crafts for family and friends or start (and finish) your holiday shopping. Don’t forget to stop by an Official Big E Merchandise store to bring home a memento of The Big E.

Better Living Center
Shoppers’ paradise! In the BLC, find everything from fine jewelry to the latest hair accessories, kitchen gadgets or unique items for your pet. Watch a demonstration and be amazed at how some of the products work. You’ll find everything you could possibly need, from clothes to blenders, all under one roof.

Outdoor Exhibits and Crafts
As you make your way around the fairgrounds, stop by the numerous outdoor shops to find a unique variety of items. Need a new shed, garage or hot tub? We have those outside too. Hampden Avenue, the Carriage House and Craft Common are full of beautifully created crafts. You’ll find jewelry of all types, artwork, piggy banks, dolls, pottery, bird houses and more.

The Shops at Storrowton
The Shops at Storrowton are great places to start your holiday shopping! The Gift Shop in the Phillips House carries colorful fall scarves and accents, novelty dish towels, music boxes, old-time aprons, bicycle bells, an array of jewelry and more. After your tour of the Potter Mansion, stop in the Christmas Shop and Halloween Shop! Storrowton’s Candle Shop, featuring Yankee Candles, is also close by on the lower level of the Grange Building.

International Plaza in the Young Building
Let us be you’re new travel agent! Visit the Young Building and you’ll find the wonders of the world at your feet. The International Plaza has unique and rich cultural amusements, home décor, and keepsakes from India, Ecuador, China, and Thailand right here at the Fair.

Official Big E Merchandise Stores
Get the latest in Big E memorabilia at store locations throughout the grounds: Better Living Center, Young Building, Visitors’ Center East and on Commonwealth Avenue.

Buy Advance Discount Tickets & Save!
Advance discount tickets and Midway Magic vouchers are available online at TheBigE.com and at The Big E Box Office now through Sept. 13 or at Big Y® World Class Market® Aug. 24 through Sept. 13. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-12. Advance Midway Magic vouchers are $25, valid any one day Mon. – Fri. or exchange for 26 ride coupons Sat. & Sun.

Opening Day is Friday, Sept. 15 and to celebrate the occasion, The Big E offers many ways to save:

  • Be A Kid For A Day – everyone pays the children’s admission of just $10
  • Military Appreciation Day, sponsored by VA New England Healthcare System
    • Active duty and retired military personnel – Free with ID
      Dependents of active duty military personnel – Free with ID
      Veterans (no dependents) – Free with DD-214 or proof of membership to any veterans’ organization

Regular Gate Admission
Adults $15/Children ages 6-12 $10; Children five and under are free. Midway Magic Passes $30, valid any one day Mon. – Fri. Gate tickets and Midway passes are sold online at thebige.com and Big Y® World Class Market® Sept. 14-Oct. 1. 17-Day Value Passes are $40 for adults and $20 for children ages 6-12. Value Passes are available online now through Oct. 1 and at Big Y® World Class Market® Aug. 24 – Oct. 1.

Gate Discounts
Six-After-Five – Admission is only $6 after 5pm Mon. – Thurs.
Senior Days – Age 60 and over just $12 Mon. – Thurs.

Big E Hours
Gates are open from 8am – 10pm. Buildings and exhibits open at 10am, Storrowton Village, its Yankee Candle Shop and Avenue of States are open until 9pm. The Village Craft Area is open until 10pm. The North American Midway is open Sun. – Thurs., 11am to 10pm; Friday, 11am to 11pm; and Sat., 10am to 11pm.

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 TheBigE.com, 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!