WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Some West Springfield and Agawam residents turn Big E traffic into a lucrative business opportunity every year.
People who live near the fairgrounds turn their yards into parking lots. Saturdays Big E attendance broke a record with nearly 172,000 people.
Big E neighbors told 22News they charge anywhere from five to $20 dollars, depending on demand.
Ralph Dowers said he can take in nearly $2,000, letting cars park in his yard for the 17-day run of the fair.
But he can’t always count on making that much, “You never know. It’s always different. If it rains for a week, it’s bad.”
Residents said they charge top dollar for parking during the fair’s second weekend, which is usually the busiest.