WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The largest fair in New England is coming back to western Massachusetts this fall.
ESE President Gene Cassidy and West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt held a news conference Tuesday morning from the historic Coliseum announcing The Big E Fair will be held September 17 through October 3 at full capacity. The Big E Fair will continue COVID-19 regulations required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Town of West Springfield.
The announcement comes as Massachusetts’ State of Emergency was lifted early Tuesday morning. The fifth largest fair in North America was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19 and had a negative impact on our region’s economy. The fair generates 85 percent of the Eastern States Exposition’s gross revenue.
Now, the 105th edition of the fair is set to take place September 17 through October 3.
Cassidy said, “It’s a good day! We have long awaited the opportunity to make this announcement and have been working diligently on our program. Preparations are underway as we look forward to welcoming everyone back to our beloved Big E.”
The fair does expect full capacity come this fall and to make sure everyone stays safe, the fair will be implementing traffic patterns, especially in the state buildings, which we all know can get very crowded. However, visitor hesitancy may still be a concern.
“There’s a question whether this will be another record year because people are ready to be out and get back to normal and experience something they haven’t in the last 18 months. I think there will be an on and off, there’s people don’t want to go out again, even though I think we are at a point if you want to get a vaccine you can get one,” said West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt.
Cassidy added, “Our thanks go out to Mass. Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Mayor Reichelt and a special thank you to West Springfield’s Director of Public Health Jeanne Galloway, who has been working closely with us as we all navigated the many phases of the Massachusetts re-opening process.”
A new Ferris wheel that has taken five years to build is being rolled out for the opening of The Big E Fair. It was completed during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and is more than 150′ tall with climate controlled gondolas that seat up to six people. It will be located in front of the Better Living Center.
As for tickets, prices haven’t changed since the early 2000s and are expected to remain the same in September.
Machine Gun Kelly’s “Tickets To My Downfall Tour” is coming to The Big E Arena on Friday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Brad Paisley will perform in concert on September 24 and will mark the 20th anniversary of the first time he played at The Big E.
The Big E’s BIG Summer
Drive-In Movies & Concerts
Watch new releases, Disney classics and some old favorite movies, plus top-name, live streamed concerts, on two screens in the Exposition’s Gate 9 parking area. Visit www.wsdrivein.com.
The Big E Bakery
Big E Cream Puffs and Eclairs are sold Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the New England Center. Drive up to the bakery window to order singles , 3-packs, and 6-packs for a special occasion, surprise dessert or a tasty treat anytime.
The Sam Adams Beer Garden
A popular favorite at The Big E, The Sam Adams Beer Garden is open for outdoor dining this summer. Relax and enjoy your favorite Sam Adams brews paired with a menu of appetizers, burgers, pizzas, salads and more. Opening day is Thursday, June 17 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Dinner & A Movie – Combine an evening under the stars dining alfresco at either Storrowton Tavern or The Sam Adams Beer Garden, then be whisked away on a special transport to the West Springfield Drive-in for a double feature.
In the mood for seafood, great cocktails and wine and New England specialties? Stop by Storrowton Tavern for indoor and outdoor dining. For info and full menus, visit www.storrowton.com
Storrowton Village Museum
Storrowton welcomes the season with a new Summer Solstice Celebration, Saturday, June 19 from 10am to 4 pm, and is open this summer for historic house and garden tours and STEAM tours. The Gift Shop is open Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm and during tours, workshops and all public offerings. Visit www.storrowtonvillage.com
Shop Online at the virtual Farmers Market
Visit the virtual Farmers Market where you’ll find unique wine supplies and accessories, entertaining necessities and more. Shop today at https://farmersmarket.thebige.com/p/farmers-market.
The West of the River Vaccine Collaborative at the Eastern States Exposition will be closing on June 17.
Chief of Operations, Carly Camossi, said the site’s last appointment will be at 3:20 p.m. on Thursday, June 17. The vaccine site is located at 1761 Memorial Drive in West Springfield. The site serves several communities including West Springfield, Agawam, Westfield, Southwick, Granville, and Tolland.