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Great weather, unusual food and entertainment draw throngs to The Big E’s 100th year

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Eastern States Exposition -- The Big E -- is 100 years in the making, and Friday morning the gates opened to celebrate the centennial of the annual six-state fair.

Deep in tradition, and deep in frying, the low humidity and pleasant temperatures brought throngs of people to day one of the Big E.

"There are a lot of happy people and the weather is awesome," said Big E President and CEO Gene Cassidy. "There are new foods , great entertainment and I'm happy to be celebrating 100 years."

Cassidy mentioned that 44 percent of the fair's guests come from Connecticut.

The Big E runs through October 2 and the always popular "Connecticut Day" is set for September 21. For more information and for instructions on how to download the new Big E App, click here.