Known as “New England’s Great State Fair,” The Big E is the largest agricultural event on the Eastern seaboard, and includes all six of the New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. It’s the only fair in the nation where more than one state participates! It’s a family-friendly event that features fun for everyone, including agriculture events, horse shows, concerts, car shows, daily parades and much more.
There is truly something for everyone at the Big E – from historical experiences to agricultural competitions and displays and the must-see butter sculpture made from over 600 pounds of butter!
Avenue of States and ESE Museum: This educational thoroughfare features replicas of each New England state’s original statehouse, each sitting on land owned by their respective state. This part of The Big E allows visitors to really experience the wide variety of sights, sounds and tastes of New England, from enjoying berries right from the bog in Massachusetts, sampling zesty Vermont cheddar cheese and much more.
Eastern States Farmers Market and Wine Barn: This is part of the agricultural presentation area, and features New England products and wine available for purchase and kitchen demos. For a full schedule of farmers market and cooking demos, click here.
Midway Rides: One of the best, most classic parts of every state fair are the rides and games! The Midway features a wide variety of games and rides, including Kiddieland, which has rides for smaller children.
Shopping: From locally made products to crafts, there is shopping that is sure to please everyone at the Big E! For a full list of shopping, click here.
Storrowton Village: Another must-see historical experience, this authentic, recreated village of the 18th and 19th village offers tours and events year-round. Learn more.
Concerts: Acts performing at the fair include Loverboy on 9/14, Skillet on 9/15, and Foreigner on 9/29.
Car Shows: Every weekday there is are new groups of cars to view, including collector, classic and custom cars. For a full lineup, click here.
Daily Parades: Always a fan favorite, there are parades each day of the Big E in the afternoon.
Agriculture Events: The 2019 North East Youth Sheep Show will take place on July 18-20, 2019. For more details, click here.
Competitions: From 4-H to livestock and creative arts, there is a wide variety of competitions to participate in and watch. For a full list, click here.
Once you’re done having fun at the wide variety of events, there are plenty of on-site amenities. These include: ATMs throughout the fairgrounds, a variety of food and drink vendors, wheelchair, scooter and stroller rentals, staffed information booths to help guests with needs, questions, concerns, issues and more, fire department, handicapped parking and drop off areas, nursing lounge and baby changing stations, security, lost and found and first aid stations.
1305 Memorial Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
The Big E has a variety of must-see events and concerts. The 2020 lineup is still being scheduled - be sure to check the official fair site for all the info!
If you’d like to RV on the fairgrounds, overnight camper parking is available for $20 per space/per day with an additional charge of $10 for extended awnings or cars occupying adjacent spaces. Keep in mind parking fees are cash only and spaces are limited and are available on a first-come, first served basis.
There are several additional RV parks in the area as well, including:
Don’t own an RV? You can still enjoy the comfort and fun of RV camping. The Big E is a state fair that celebrates six states, and you can fly into any of them, pick up an RV and travel to the fair, or rent an RV in your hometown and travel from there. There are many options, but renting an RV from RVshare means that the experience is always easy and comfortable.
Whether you use an RV rental or own your own, RVing is a great option for where to stay when visiting The Big E. You’re able to experience all the fair has to offer, can see sights around town and of course, there’s not much better than coming home to your own cozy bed, a private bathroom and being able to cook meals in the kitchen!
There are a variety of hotels nearby, and the full list can be found on the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau website here. The site also includes a variety of local attractions and food and drink locations and much more.
There are a variety of ways to get to The Big E. For directions on getting there from Connecticut and Points South, Bradley International Airport, Southwestern Connecticut, Boston and Points East, the Berkshires and Points West, Vermont and Points North, New York City and Long Island,click here.
Parking is available on the grounds at Gate 9. Keep in mind that there is a cash-only charge for parking, and no ATMs are near the gate. Parking costs vary:
Cars: $10 per vehicle
Campers: $20 per space/per day with an additional fee of $10 for extended awnings or cars occupying adjacent spaces
Private parking lots are also located in the neighborhoods along Memorial Avenue, however, these are not affiliated with The Big E and fees are set by the property owner and may vary.
Tickets for The Big E can be purchased in advance online here for a discounted price, shown below. There are a variety of tickets available for purchase, including:
Single-day admission tickets: $12 adults/$8 children ages 6-12
Opening day tickets: $10, good for use only on September 18
17-day value passes: $40 adults//$20 children ages 6-12
Midway magic vouchers: $25 for a voucher to ride all the rides
Tickets can also be purchased at the box office, Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm. Of course, you can also purchase tickets on-site once the fair begins for full price!
One of the most unique state fairs in the nation, The Big E is the backdrop for many family memories and fun experiences. At RVshare, we love to help make those memories even better! Regardless of whether you choose to make the State Fair part of your vacation destination in an RV rental from us or use other accommodations, we’d love to see pictures of your trip! Send us photos at [email protected], and tag us on social media to share details and tips about your visit. Your adventures could be featured on our blog or social media!
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Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm final details with the official event page.