WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Friday marks the first day of The Big E state fair in West Springfield!

The Big E: September 15 – October 1

The Big E is best known for its fair foods, arts and crafts, state buildings, Mardi Gras floats parade, rides, agricultural events, and music performances!

Here’s when the fair and buildings open:

  • The gates open at 8:00 a.m. every day.
  • The Big E Bakery is open from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.
  • The Buildings and Craft Common is open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • The Avenue of States and Storrowton Village Museum & Shops is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • The New England Center is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • The Midway is open Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Cracker Barrel Fair in Wrentham – September 15-17

  • Where: 131 Emerald St, Wrentham, MA
  • Friday, September 15: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 16: 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 17: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Other events happening this weekend:

Freedom Credit Union is hosting a free shredding event Saturday. Residents can bring their unwanted paperwork to two locations to be shredded by PROSHRED Springfield:

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – 1976 Main Street, Springfield
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – 1976 Memorial Drive, Chicopee

This Sunday at 11:00 a.m. is the Springfield Puerto Rican Parade. The parade runs from Wason Avenue through Main Street. the streets will be filled with culture, music and dancing!

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