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It is only fitting that the Eastern States Exhibition — The Big E — opens on a FriDay, because fry they will for the next 17 days.

The six-state fair is up and running with rides, entertainment and plenty of places to put on the pounds.

The good weather can’t hurt– fair organizers are hoping to attract 1.3 million visitors over the next 17 days.

“It’s a fabulous opening day,” said Noreen Tassinari, the Big E’s Marketing Director. “The Big E is a tradition for New Englanders”.

David Giuliano, visiting the West Springfield Fairgrounds from Glastonbury said, “just the atmosphere, I like everything about it. ”

Joining deep fried favorites like Oreos and Snickers bars this year? Deep-fried strawberry shortcake.

The fair will celebrate Connecticut day on September 18th. Visitors can get more information by clicking


For photos of food at the Big E, head over to

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  • Staff Report

    Reblogged this on Central Connecticut Post and commented:
    The Big E, also known as The Eastern States Exposition, is billed as “New England’s Great State fair”. It is the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard and the sixth largest fair in the nation. The Big E is inclusive of all six of the New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Each of the New England states is prominently represented at the fair.

    Located in The Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, a short distance from the Memorial Bridge spanning the Connecticut river, The Big E is held every autumn in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Each year, the fair opens on the second Friday after Labor Day and runs for seventeen days.

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