WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Thursday is Massachusetts Day at the Big E, and some top state officials will be visiting New England’s Great State Fair.

Governor Maura Healey spoke at the Massachusetts Building on the Avenue of States on Thursday joined by Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll and state agricultural and economic leaders, as well as local officials.

Healey praised the state spirit on display at the Massachusetts Building and the work of local farmers amid a difficult year in agriculture, “They represent the resilience of Massachusetts people and so we will do all we can to help them through all times but especially hard times. So we encourage people to get out and get after it and support our local farmers support our local economy.”

Healey took the time to visit a number of vendors inside the state building and told 22News that one of her favorites was the maple stand.

Massachusetts Day, one of the six New England state days at the fair, highlights food, products, and tourist attractions in the fair’s host state.

The Big E Fair

September 15 to October 1

Duncan MacLean is a reporter who has been a part of the 22News team since 2019. Follow Duncan on X @DMacLeanWWLP and view his bio to see more of his work.