The Big E is the largest agricultural event of the six states creating New England: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. It takes place every year on the second Friday after Labour Day in West Springfield, Massachusetts, also called the Pioneer Valley. The fair lasts for 17 days bringing over 7,000 agricultural exhibitors, educational displays, and thrilling attractions. There are daily horse shows, and many farm animals like goats, sheep, chicken, and pigs.
The Big E dates back to the Eastern States Exposition that was founded in 1916 to promote the local agriculture industry. Later it was called New England's Great State Fair, and in 1967 was renamed into The Big E.
The fair has several iconic attractions like Avenue of States that features life-size replicas of the six New England statehouses and the New England Grange House. Special exhibits and vendors on the Avenue showcase culture, heritage, food, and traditions of each New England state. Try a delicious lobster in Maine House or maple syrup in Vermont House. Everything is original and made locally! Visitors can also check out Storrowton Village, recreating New England life from the 19th century. The Midway boasts The Giant Slide is 46 ft (14 m) high and 135 ft (40 m) long.
The fair hosts daily concerts at The Xfinity Arena with over 6,000 seats. Line ups include big-name bands and local talent. Free concerts take place at The Court of Honor Stage in the centre of the fairgrounds. There are also daily Mardi Gras-style parades, equestrian contests, Animatronic Shows, and much more.