Big E attendance makes fair history

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The number of people who attended the Big E Saturday made history.

Catherine Pappas told 22News, 172,659 people attended the fair on Saturday on Vermont Day setting a single day record for them.

As the largest fair on the East Coast, The Big E draws tens of thousands of people every day for 17 days year-after-year.

But on Saturday, more than 172,000 people braved the storm of traffic to spend a day at The Big E.

“The Eastern States provides a respite from some of the stresses of the rest of the world and I think it’s a large reason why we’ve been so successful,” said President, CEO of the Eastern States Exposition Gene Cassidy. “Because we’re doing things the way they were done traditionally and tradition matters.”

The population of West Springfield is more than 28,000 people; one sixth of the number of visitors that were at the fair Saturday. 

For visitors, food and entertainment are what make the Big E the place to be. 

“It’s just the culture of western Mass, like it’s such a fun experience to have and it’s so awesome that we have it so close to home,” said Tay Dunn of Chicopee. 

With support from West Springfield Police and fire, Massachusetts State Police and the FBI, Cassidy told 22News, they’re able to ensure everyone’s safety.

As of Sunday, 741,080 people had visited the fair which runs through September 30.

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