WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – This year’s record-breaking Big E season is expected to continue as the fair draws to a close this weekend. It’s been weeks filled with lots of fun, lots of food, and lots of people!

If you haven’t made your way over to the Eastern States Exposition yet this year, this weekend is your last chance to do so until next year. There have been steady crowds since opening day on September 16, which shattered attendance records from previous years with a record 87,604 people!

This, is a theme of the season, with many days seeing record-breaking attendance levels. On Friday, 119,877 people made their way through the gates, marking an all-time historical attendance record.

Since the start of the multi-state fair, over 1.2 million people have come out to enjoy the variety of food items, live entertainment, rides, and all that The Big E has to offer. The last weekend of this beloved fair typically brings in large crowds, so the attendance for last hurrah could be bigger than previous years. Visitors are flocking to the fair grounds to enjoy the final days of New England’s Great State Fair, rain or shine.

“The other day, it was pouring rain and I see this person eating a hot dog with rain hitting it, like the bread was falling apart and they’re still eating it! If that’s not dedication to The Big E, I don’t know what is,” expressed Jason Ruell of Springfield.

This weekend’s weather was not a deterrent for visitors. 22News spoke with fairgoers who said they plan to head inside the buildings to do a little bit of shopping.

“Walk around, spend a little bit of money. I’m helping the economy,” said Sue Burgess of Chicopee. “You can start your Christmas shopping!”

Sue says she always looks forward to The Big E and has visited the fairgrounds five times this year. She added, “The shopping, the camaraderie, you walk around and run into people you know. You stop and have a drink with them.”

There’s been no short supply of camaraderie at The Big E this year, not only among visitors, but among staff. One worker telling 22News he loves meeting the people who come from all over New England.

“The Big E is a great opportunity for work, you meet great personalities,” said Jason Ruell.

Fairgoers Saturday can expect to enjoy “October Fun Day” at The Big E, and Sunday is Salute to the Special Olympics. The Big E’s outdoor arena has welcomed in top performers, including country artists Chase Rice and Jimmy Allen who performing Friday night. Happy Together Tour 2022 comes to the arena Saturday night, and Lynyrd Skynyrd closes out the fair on Sunday.

Gates open at 8 a.m. and the buildings, exhibits, and crafts do not open until 10 a.m. The gates to the fair are open until 10 p.m. but the Midway is open until 11 p.m.

There’s still time to join in on the fun. Whether it’s the food, like what fairgoer Araiya of Bristol, Connecticut wants to experience, “I got a baked potato to start.”

Or maybe it’s the company and the fun, either way, as Sue Burgess says, “Get over here and enjoy it!”