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!
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition
Young Building daily, sponsored by Uncommon USA
This year, our premier exhibit 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 of Eastern States Exposition. The permanent exhibit will tell the story of the largest event on the East Coast through photography, memorabilia, artifacts and historic items from the Exposition’s archives, including trophies and ribbons, pennants, posters and more. See 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.
Avenue ShowPlace daily at 12, 2:30, and 7pm, sponsored by Westfield Bank
This one-of-a-kind, entertaining and educational exhibit featuring the dromedary camel, is turning The Big E’s Avenue ShowPlace into a desert oasis this fall. The stars of Camel Kingdom are a rare breed of dromedary with blue eyes and a spotted coat. Including the herd at The Big E, there are less than 1,000 of these creatures in existence. During this unique presentation, fairgoers will get to know these domestic animals and learn about their daily care routine.
Everything that Matters in the Kitchen Cooking Show with Dianne Linderman
Mallary Rotunda daily at 11:30am, 2:30 & 5:30pm, sponsored by Good Health Sauna
Syndicated National Radio Talk Show Host, Dianne Linderman, brings her farm-fresh cooking show to The Big E! The 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.
Farm Gate Exhibit
Mallary Complex daily
Relax in the courtyard and sip local wines by the glass and sample New England cheeses in The Creamery. If you’re wondering how a sheep’s wool is made into yarn, stop by the newly relocated Fiber Nook and watch demonstrators present weaving and spinning techniques used to transform wool and fiber from alpacas and llamas into finely crafted products.
World Renowned Horse Trainer Guy McLean
Draft Horse Show Sept. 28-Oct. 1, sponsored by Williams Distributing
Guy McLean and his Australian horses have achieved national status over 15 years, performing for and educating audiences at Royal shows like Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and The Brisbane Ekka. McLean, now based in Texas, has taken to the international stage. He is acclaimed by his fans to be an Australian national treasure. His performance is a must-see event for all ages. See him Sept. 28-30 at 1 & 6pm and Oct. 1 at Noon & 6pm.
The E Stage
Flag Plaza, sponsored by Blue Chair Bay Rum
The stage will host performances by local and emerging talent. The Masters of Music Series will take place every Fri., Sat. and Sun. of the Fair. It will feature performances by the nine finalists in the Masters of Music Competition, and fans will have the power to vote for their favorite artist.
Other entertainment includes: Western Massachusetts Songwriters Collaborative Series on weekends, College Night Promotion, Thunderbird Thursday, Grace Morrison Trio on Sept. 16, The Kings on Sept. 29 and more to come.
Around the grounds daily
Impersonators: “Don Rickles,” “Danny Devito”
Mardi Gras Showgirls
Sept 30: The Firefly Caravan
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!