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Here you will find photographs and up-to-date press releases on The Big E, which takes place for 17 days every September. Please feel free to browse the selection of photographs and press releases for use in your publication.

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If you are a member of the media and need further assistance or would like to become a member of our media list, please contact:

Catherine Pappas
Public Relations & Communications Manager
Eastern States Exposition
cpappas@TheBigE.com
413-205-5039

Click here for all Eastern States Exposition and Storrowton Village Museum press releases.

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Press Releases

Weekend Park & Ride from Enfield Square Mall

Weekend Park & Ride from Enfield Square Mall

The Big E will offer Park & Ride shuttle service to the Fair from the Enfield Square Mall just over the state line in Enfield, Connecticut. King Ward Coach Lines will operate the buses on weekends with direct service to the Fair in West Springfield, Mass. Buses leave every 30 minutes from the commuter lot, located outside the former Macy’s department store from 9am to 5pm. Return trips leave every half hour from The Big E until 11pm.

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2017 Big E Entertainment

2017 Big E Entertainment

The Big E’s xfinity arena and Court of Honor Stage, sponsored by xfinity, and the brand new E Stage, sponsored by Blue Chair Bay Rum, are hosting an exciting selection of entertainment during the 2017 Fair, Sept. 15 – Oct 1. Visitors of all ages and music tastes will be delighted by this year’s performances. Tickets are on sale now at TheBigE.com. The venues will feature some of the most memorable acts around, the new Masters of Music Competition Series and the new Country music festival, TwinE! With the huge selection of genres, fairgoers are bound to find something they love. All shows are weather permitting.

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New Deep Fried Pina Colada Martini

New Deep Fried Pina Colada Martini

V-One Vodka Craft Cocktail bar is introducing a brand new Deep Fried Martini creation at the Fair with a tropical twist. Since its debut two-years ago, the Deep Fried Martini has continued to be a hit among Fairgoers with a variety of fried flavors like the “Chocolate Highness,” “Chocolate Covered Berry,” “Apple Martini” and “Cosmopolitan.”

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Annual 4-H Beef Auction at The Big E

Annual 4-H Beef Auction at The Big E

The annual 4-H Beef Sale will be held Monday, Sept. 25 at 6pm in the Mallary Complex at The Big E. The sale will help carry on the 86-year legacy of the 4-H Beef Program at Eastern States Exposition. Last year 24 4-H Beef Steer were exhibited and offered for sale in front of a crowd of longtime supporters in The Big E’s Mallary Arena 1. The auction produced an average selling price of $2.70/lb. Proceeds from the sale went directly to the exhibitor, often used to purchase the next 4-H Beef Project animals or for college expenses.

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Chalice of Salvation Mass Televised Live

Chalice of Salvation Mass Televised Live

The Big E will be the site of the “Chalice of Salvation” Mass, Sunday, Sept. 17 at 10am. The Mass, televised live on WWLP-22News, the local NBC affiliate, will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, and underwritten by St. Pierre-Phaneuf Funeral Chapels.

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Big E Agriculture: Animals, Attractions, Activities & More

Big E Agriculture: Animals, Attractions, Activities & More

The 2017 Big E takes place Sept. 15 – Oct. 1 in West Springfield, Mass., on the Exposition’s 175-acre grounds. The Mallary Complex is the hub of the Fair’s agricultural shows, demonstrations, contests, and displays. Make your way to Farm-A-Rama in the center of the fairgrounds for an agricultural experience. We suggest you refer to the daily schedule as the cows, sheep, goats, pigs, llamas and alpacas join us at different times during the Fair. Be sure to stop and watch the livestock showcase of the best in the East.

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Big E Hosts Competitive Horse Shows at the Coliseum

Big E Hosts Competitive Horse Shows at the Coliseum

Trot on over to Eastern States Exposition’s Coliseum to witness prestigious horse shows, sponsored by Williams Distributing, and demonstrations for the whole family. The Eastern States Exposition Horse Show is a beloved tradition that you won’t want to miss. From petite Hackney ponies to the gigantic Draft horses, the riders and their skilled horses exhibit amazing athleticism as they compete in a variety of classes.

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A Plateful of Surprises Awaits At The Big E

A Plateful of Surprises Awaits At The Big E

This year’s Fair has it all: great entertainment, vintage cars, and deep fried burgers! Walk around and take a big bite out of a variety of sweet and salty pleasures or sit down and chow down in one of our restaurants. Walk the Avenue of States for a specialty dish unique to each state or go big and try something new to this year’s Fair. Save room for dessert and dive into a Big E Cream Puff or Éclair. Picky eaters and foodies alike will get their fill of incredible Fair food; The Big E has the best selection of Fair cuisine on the East Coast.

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The Big E App ... The Fair in the Palm of Your Hand

The Big E App ... The Fair in the Palm of Your Hand

The Big E’s official app is all-new and now available for download from the App Store and Google Play! With so much do to at The Big E, the updated app helps fairgoers navigate the grounds with ease, plan their trip and be aware of important news, updates and special giveaways happening on the grounds.

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New Fantastic Features at the Fair

New Fantastic Features at the Fair

The Big E is back, and it’s bringing new additions to the party. The largest fair in the Northeast is planning activities that will make for an exciting trip each day, so make sure to check out all the new features The Big E has to offer this year!

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Avenue of States Showcases New England's Finest Products & Traditions

Avenue of States Showcases New England's Finest Products & Traditions

Your Big E ticket not only provides you with a full day of fun, but it also allows you to travel through all six New England states in less than a day!
Initially established by Eastern States Exposition founder, Joshua L. Brooks, to improve both agriculture and industry, the Avenue of States showcases both the traditional and cutting edge products and attractions that make each New England state unique. His quest began with the construction of the Massachusetts Building in 1919 and grew to completion in 1957 with the dedication of the Rhode Island Building. Because of Brooks’s vision and determination, fairgoers have the opportunity to experience a truly one-of-a-kind attraction. Each building is owned and operated by its respective state.

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The New England Center: Cream Puffs, 4-H, Fun & Creative Arts

The New England Center: Cream Puffs, 4-H, Fun & Creative Arts

Every year, The Big E transforms the New England Center into a bustle of creative arts demonstrations, food contests, 4-H demonstrations and entertainment! Not to mention it’s the home of the famous Cream Puff Bakery.

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Special & State Days at The Big E

Special & State Days at The Big E

There’s a new experience each day of the Fair when you align your activities with The Big E’s special and state days! Dedicate a trip to walking through one of the State Buildings and visiting its exhibits. Be sure to watch the Daily Parade which honors each day in a special way. Live locally? Make sure to come on the day honoring your city or town and run into friends, neighbors and family.

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Cheat Codes Set to Bring EDM to the Court of Honor Stage

Cheat Codes Set to Bring EDM to the Court of Honor Stage

The electronic DJ trio Cheat Codes is coming to The Big E, Sept. 22 at 8pm. The show, at the Court of Honor Stage, is free with admission to The Big E. Advance admission tickets are now available at TheBigE.com and The Big E Box Office.

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The Big E 5K Road Race Scramble Challenges Announced

The Big E 5K Road Race Scramble Challenges Announced

Lace up your sneakers and shake a tail feather…The Big 5K Road Race’s Scramble challenge components have been announced! The Scramble, taking place during The Big 5K Road Race events, Friday, Sept. 1, features a new Big E-themed activity every lap – the Fair’s signature cream puffs, a ride down the McDonald’s Giant Slide and beer (or lemonade) to wet your whistle!

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Christian Duo for KING & COUNTRY to Perform at The Big E

Christian Duo for KING & COUNTRY to Perform at The Big E

Fix your eyes on this! The hit Christian duo, for KING & COUNTRY, is coming to The Big E’s xfinity arena on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 7:30pm. The show is free with Fair admission. A limited number of premium tickets are available for purchase starting Aug. 11 at TheBigE.com and The Big E Box Office. Premium tickets include a reserved seat at the show in a preferred section, plus admission to The Big E on the day of the event.

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Masters Of Music Series Highlights Local Talent on The E Stage

Masters Of Music Series Highlights Local Talent on The E Stage

The Big E is putting local talent on the map! The popular Masters of Music competition will be returning as part of The Big E’s 2017 entertainment lineup. The competition will be held as a special series taking place at the Fair’s newest venue – The E Stage, sponsored by Blue Chair Bay Rum. Masters of Music, now in its third year, is open to rockers of all genres, soloists, electronic artists and everything in between.

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The Big E is Back for Seventeen Fun-Filled Days

The Big E is Back for Seventeen Fun-Filled Days

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!

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Big E Savings and Discounts

Big E Savings and Discounts

The Big E takes place Sept. 15 – Oct. 1, 2017, and offers a number of opportunities to save:

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Military Appreciation Day Honors Active Military & Veterans, Sept. 15, 2017

Military Appreciation Day Honors Active Military & Veterans, Sept. 15, 2017

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.

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Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition

Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition, sponsored by Uncommon USA, will be a featured attraction at The Big E September 15 to Oct. 1 in West Springfield, Massachusetts. After successful runs in the US, Canada, Europe, and China, this one-of-a-kind showcase – presented by SEE Global Entertainment – recreates one of the world’s greatest artistic achievements through photographic reproduction. The highlights of the famous painter’s work are displayed in their original size.

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Get in the Fair Spirit with Daily & Mardi Gras Parades

Get in the Fair Spirit with Daily & Mardi Gras Parades

The Big E takes you on a journey down the famous parade route of New Orleans complete with colossal floats, imaginative costumes, and dazzling lights weekdays during the Mardi Gras Parade at 7:30pm and with The Big E Grande Parade at 5pm Friday through Sunday! Stand your ground and look out for your chance to catch Mardi Gras beads and dance to the authentic sounds of a jazz-filled night on Bourbon Street.

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The Big E Presents TwinE Country Fest

The Big E Presents TwinE Country Fest

Grab your cowboy hat...or sombrero...The Big E is excited to present the all-new TwinE Country Fest with Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr., Parmalee, The Cadillac Three, Lindsay Ell and more to be announced! The inaugural festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 30 at the xfinity arena. Fans can purchase tickets starting Friday at TheBigE.com and The Big E Box Office. Tickets include admission to The Big E the day of the event.

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GRAND FUNK RAILROAD TO KICK OFF THE BIG E

GRAND FUNK RAILROAD TO KICK OFF THE BIG E

Grand Funk Railroad’s legacy has reigned over the Classic Rock landscape nearly 50 years – since the iconic band’s debut. The “American Band” laid the groundwork for the likes of Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi with a signature hard-driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation and forceful Pop melodies.

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Country Singer-Songwriter Cam to Play The Big E

Country Singer-Songwriter Cam to Play The Big E

Country’s breakout star, Cam, is performing at The Big E’s xfinity arena, Friday, Sept. 22 at 8pm. The show is free with gate admission. Fans have an opportunity to purchase a Premium ticket for the show, going on sale this Friday at TheBigE.com and The Big E Box Office. Premium tickets include a reserved seat at the show in a preferred section, plus Big E admission for the day of the show.

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COLE SWINDELL TO PERFORM SEPT. 16

COLE SWINDELL TO PERFORM SEPT. 16

Cole Swindell, a Platinum-selling recording artist and record-breaking six-time No. 1 hit maker, is taking the stage at The Big E’s xfinity arena September 16 at 7:30pm.
Swindell’s Platinum-certified You Should Be Here shot to No. 1 on the iTunes Top Country Albums Chart and No. 3 All Genre within hours of release. The album’s lead single and title track held a four week run on top of Billboard’s Hot Country songs chart in addition to multiple weeks sitting at No. 1 on Country Airplay. The career-defining single boasts 85 million streams, more than 40 million YouTube views and has surpassed over one billion audience impressions.

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MARTIN SEXTON TRIO, THE SUGARHILL GANG, SHEILA E. & MORE TO PERFORM AT THE BIG E

MARTIN SEXTON TRIO, THE SUGARHILL GANG, SHEILA E. & MORE TO PERFORM AT THE BIG E

Martin Sexton Trio, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, The Sugarhill Gang with Grandmaster Melle Mel, and Sheila E. have been added the lineup of entertainers performing on The Big E’s Court of Honor Stage, sponsored by xfinity, this September. All shows are free with admission to The Big E, taking place Sept. 15 - Oct. 1. Advance admission tickets are now available at TheBigE.com and The Big E Box Office.

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VINTAGE TROUBLE, STEVE AUGERI, VILLAGE PEOPLE & MORE TO PERFORM AT THE BIG E

VINTAGE TROUBLE, STEVE AUGERI, VILLAGE PEOPLE & MORE TO PERFORM AT THE BIG E

The Big E has begun announcing its entertainment and new attractions for the fall event. Vintage Trouble, Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri and Village People are among the lineup of entertainers who will be performing opening weekend of The Big E on the Court of Honor Stage, sponsored by xfinity. All shows are free with admission to The Big E. Advance admission tickets are now available at TheBigE.com and The Big E Box Office.

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Wheels & Waffles becomes an annual car event at Eastern States Exposition

Wheels & Waffles becomes an annual car event at Eastern States Exposition

Rev up those engines and cruise down to Eastern States Exposition for Wheels & Waffles, a tasty spin on your traditional cars and coffee, Saturday, May 20 from 8 - 10am. All collector, classic and custom vehicles are welcome. Show cars will enter the grounds at Gate 2 and park along the Avenue of States. Coffee, breakfast refreshments and homemade waffles are complimentary to all who arrive in a show vehicle.

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JESSICA K. FONTAINE NAMED DIRECTOR OF STORROWTON VILLAGE MUSEUM

JESSICA K. FONTAINE NAMED DIRECTOR OF STORROWTON VILLAGE MUSEUM

Eastern States Exposition is pleased to introduce Jessica K. Fontaine, of Chicopee, Mass., as the new Director of Storrowton Village Museum. Fontaine has been an integral volunteer in the Village for nearly 20 years. She comes to Eastern States Exposition from her position as director of Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities at Hampshire College.

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ESE Donates 4-H Beef Steer to West Springfield Parish Cupboard

ESE Donates 4-H Beef Steer to West Springfield Parish Cupboard

Eastern States Exposition recently donated a prize steer to the West Springfield Parish Cupboard. Acting on behalf of the Exposition and its Board of Directors, ESE President Gene Cassidy bid on and purchased the Highly Commended Steer at the 4-H Beef Auction, held during The Big E.

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RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS ARE BRINGING “BAGROCK” TO THE BIG E

RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS ARE BRINGING “BAGROCK” TO THE BIG E

It’s bagpipes. It’s Rock. It’s “Bagrock.” The most famous bagpipe band on the planet is coming to The Big E…The Red Hot Chilli Pipers! The Chillis will perform Friday, Sept. 29 at 8pm on the Court of Honor Stage, sponsored by xfinity®. The show is free with admission to The Big E. Advance admission tickets are now available at TheBigE.com and The Big E Box Office.

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THE BIG 5K ROAD RACE  RETURNS WITH THE 5K SCRAMBLE

THE BIG 5K ROAD RACE RETURNS WITH THE 5K SCRAMBLE

Registration is open for Eastern States Exposition’s Big 5K Road Race. The event, taking place Friday, Sept. 1, will kick off the most exciting time of the year…Big E season! This year, the 5K run or walk and Kids Fun Run will be accompanied by the new Big 5K Scramble – a fun race with Big E challenges around every corner. Cash prizes will be awarded to top finishers in both The Big 5K Road Race and Scramble.

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