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The Big E

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Address: 1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA 01089-3578
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+1 413-737-2443
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Event dates:
16 Sep 2016 - 2 Oct 2016
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00

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Big E! Should be called HUGE E!

This place is awesome! I discovered the Big E when I was in college, and moved down to MA. Everyone kept on talking about the best fair ever. In September, when it rolled around... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2015
Lauren C
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South Hadley, Massachusetts
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South Hadley, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2015

This place is awesome! I discovered the Big E when I was in college, and moved down to MA. Everyone kept on talking about the best fair ever. In September, when it rolled around, I discovered what the hype was all about. First all- it is HUGE! It takes placed over a two week period of time from mid September,... More 

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PirateJen123
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55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2015

Tons of great food, local New England crafts and animals for petting! Happens 3 weekends a year, weekends are very busy, I recommend going after school or work. You can find cheap parking down the side streets for between $3-$10.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

The best part about going to the BIG E is the state houses. In the state houses, you learn about each state and get to taste and see what each state is all about. Vendors as well as tourism booths are set up to provide more information. The mardi gras parade is also a fun thing for the family. There... More 

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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

it is fabulous..Mr Cassidy does a great job!!! thank God we have it in our area We so very much need this

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Longwood, Florida
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31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

I started attending "The Big E" when it was known as The Eastern States Exposition back in the late 1950's(I was in first grade)! It was an annual excursion that I attended with my family until I had a family of my own. Then we attended it until my daughter was 8 years old (She is now 34!) and we... More 

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Thank GlamourMom
Boston
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70 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

If you are a local, The Big E is one of those places you either absolutely love, or you avoid like the plague when it is going on. I have always been in the absolutely love category. After you have been at least once a year for the last 4 decades, you've pretty much seen it all and you know... More 

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Thank GoneTravelin07
West Springfield, Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

There is always something new at the Big E and also the usual a we love to see. Great music. Great food options. Cream puffs are to die for.

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

A must attend - PUT ON YOUR BUCKET LIST. More than a "country fair". The "state" houses feature the state's major products, etc. Lots of free samples. Try the Maine baked potato, well worth the wait - Lobster roll excellent - wild blueberries too.

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Thank twoseniors2013
Boston, Massachusetts
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350 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2015 via mobile

Easy access.clean staff delightful. .great venue for all sorts of events goid qyality readinablw food plenty of parking

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West Springfield, MA
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132 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2015

Something is always going on here. I've gone to home shows, craft shows, and dog shows. But there's something for every enthusiast almost every weekend. *I won't go to The Big E during their hugest event in September due to the crowds and fear of fried Oreos/pickles/Milky Ways. But that's me and people love the fair. I guess it's a... More 

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