Planning a trip, and looking for a one-of-a-kind experience this fall, the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts is the place to go. It starts September 18th and runs until October 4th. A one day ticket cost $10.00 for adults, and $8.00 for children. A 17 day value pass is $35.00 for adults, and $23.00 for children. The gates open at 8:00 a.m., most exhibits are open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Big E offers top name performers each night such as Sugarland, Little Big Town, and Boyz II Men. The price of admission includes all shows, except Sugarland, and are on a first-come, first -serve basis. Sugarland tickets cost between $35 to $45 dollars. They also have a circus, agriculture, animals, rides, crafts, a Mardi Gras parade, and food from all around the world.
There are many specialty attractions at the Big E. One big draw is the bakery at the fair, which is open from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. This bakery is known for its Big E cream puffs, chocolate chip cookies, and eclairs. The secret filling is what makes the cream puffs and eclairs irresistible. People line up to get these treats.
One of the most popular exhibits is Avenue of States. It is a walking tour of New England. This is the only place you can visit all six of the New England states in less than 30 minutes. When you walk along the Avenue of States you will see replicas of each New England State’s original statehouse, which is sitting on land that is actually owned by that state. It truly is something to see!
Come to the Craft Common where New England’s top artists sell their wares. Look at the beautiful quilts, jewelry, florals, primitives, etc. The workmanship and creativity of these artists, is the best in New England.
If your specialty is cooking, Hidden Valley Ranch is holding a cooking contest on September 29th, at 11:00 a.m. Enter your specialty recipe, it might be the one that wins. For information and rules for the contest go to www.thebige.com.
Many hotels in the area offer special deals and discounts. Bradley Hotel is offering a special rate of $69, it comes with a complimentary breakfast, and a shuttle to the Big E. For more information or to make reservations call 1-860-627-7762 or go to www.bradleyhotel.com.
Come and experience a foliage festival truly unlike any other in New England. It is a 17 day extravaganza during New England’s peak foliage. Soak up the beauty, and come have some fun. For more information and details go to www.thebige.com.