WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The numbers are in and The Big E is officially the third largest fair in North America.

The ranking is based on the attendance during the 17 day fair which is compared to hundreds of other fairs in the U.S. and Canada. A total of 1,498,774 people visited The Big E between September 17th and October 3rd of this year. The Big E also set four daily attendance records, with an all-time single day attendance of 177,238 on the final Saturday.

Daily attendance records from this year:

“Astoundingly, we beat Minnesota this year!” said Eastern States Exposition President and CEO Gene Cassidy. “The Minnesota State Fair is a benchmark in our industry and attracts visitors from all over the state and beyond. We have waited 105 years for this.”

The State Fair of Texas in Dallas came in first and the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix came in second. The 2022 Big E will take place September 16 to October 2.