WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For the second consecutive year the The Big E in West Springfield broke a new record of attendance.
During the 17-day run of The Big E, more than 1.6 million people came from all over to enjoy the iconic attractions. That’s an increase of nearly 100,000 over last year’s record turnout.
According to a news release sent to 22News, the final total of visitors was 1,629,527.
The all-time highest single-day attendance was also broken on Saturday, September 21 when 176,544 visitors attended.
Big E president and CEO Gene Cassidy told 22News, the great weather helped the attendance but there was something else.
“The thing that impressed me the most, gives me the most satisfaction is when my feet are on the ground,” Cassidy said. “When the fair is booming and just being able to engage with people…seeing families together and people having fun, the human interaction.”
The Big E, America’s sixth largest fair, coming off its record run having attracted more than 1.6 million visitors.
“As our event continues to grow, I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support we receive, and I want to thank everyone in this region who supports us by attending The Big E! Your support allows our mission of agriculture and education to thrive, to grow, and to have a national impact.”Eugene J. Cassidy, president and CEO of the Exposition
A 22News reporter took a photo of an attendance tracker that was posted inside the Big E museum. This lists the total number of visitors from September 13 to the 28, excluding the final day.