WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - When it comes to the success of the Big E, vendors and visitors are focused on the weather.
"Very important, we always like the sun, being a little warmer and a little more comfortable. Makes us feel better too,” said Don Chevalier from Goshen.
For most of the Big E this year, the weather has been dry and comfortable.
"This is perfect weather, fall weather. Best weather of the year," said Tom Daponde from Monson.
"It's perfect, perfect. But I've been here when it's cold, rainy, anytime. It doesn't matter," said Rosalind Alford from Agawam.
Rain hasn't been much of a concern this year, however rain Saturday afternoon and night fell on what is normally the busiest day of the fair.
The wet weather usually drives people toward the indoor attractions, which leaves the outdoor venders hurting most.
Kaila Thomas works for a cotton candy, popcorn and candy apple vender at the Big E.
"When it starts raining everybody heads for the nearest building or stands underneath the awnings until the rain passes, you'll have a few stragglers walking here and there, but for the most part rain makes people disappear,” said Thomas, from Reds Red Apples Concessions.
Attendance, compared to this time last year, is down 1.5 percent, however Eastern States Exposition President Gene Cassidy thinks that nice weather this week will help them break previous attendance records.
"People look at the long range forecast and that's how they set their schedule. And they're going to come, so when we see a long range forecast like that we get really excited,” said Cassidy.
Excited for more visitors, or return customers...
“The best part is it will be nice all week if we wanted to come back again," said Elizabeth Chevalier from Goshen.