The Big E: It’s Festival Season!

Carole McFaddan

For the next two and a half weeks there really is no better place to enjoy the sights, sounds, and taste tempting aromas of the fall season than at “The Big E.” For those of you who don’t know what the Big E is all about, it is New England’s big autumn tradition festival held in West Springfield, Massachusetts and the largest fair in the northeast.

It is an extravaganza (hence the “E” of the Big E) with top name entertainment, major exhibits, showcased brands, The Big E Super Circus, the Avenue of States, New England history and agriculture, animals, rides, shopping, crafts, a daily parade, Mardi Gras parade, and foods from various cultures during New England’s colorful season.

Having missed my hometown fairs the last two years to make it to the first week of classes here at UNH, the Big E was a great experience! Starting out in the animal buildings and seeing everything from the sheep shearing and competition cattle to the equestrian shows, I was impressed by the amount of regional agriculture and animal life.

After viewing (and purchasing) some of the showcased vendor exhibits, my friends taught me a little about North Eastern history and culture in the States Avenue buildings. After enjoying the individual vendors of the states and the great food each state has to offer (like Maine lobster rolls and Vermont cheese) we made our way to the petting zoos and the great Big E Super Circus tent to try and catch the last show.

In the short time we had at the fair, we saved the best for last – the carnival games and rides! With no avail, my friends and I won nothing but enjoyed the play anyway. From the top of the big Ferris Wheel you could barely see the edges of the park!

If you missed the student trip, fear not! West Springfield, MA is just a little over an hour away if you and your friends want to go! Just make sure you catch the greatness before Oct. 4!

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