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The Big E in Springfield, Massachusetts
September 24, 2014
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The Big E, also known as The Eastern States Exposition, is billed as "New England's Great State Fair". It is the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard and the sixth-largest fair in the nation. The Big E is inclusive of all six of the New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Each of the New England states is prominently represented at the fair.

Located in The Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, a short distance from the Memorial Bridge spanning the Connecticut River, The Big E is held every autumn in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Each year, the fair opens on the second Friday after Labor Day and runs for seventeen days.

miniature musical trolly
Clydesdale horses

The Clydesdale is a breed of draught horse derived from the farm horses of Clydesdale, Scotland, and named after that region. Although originally one of the smaller breeds of draught horses, it is now a tall breed. They show significant white markings due to the presence of sabino genetics. The breed was originally used for agriculture and haulage, and is still used for draught purposes today. The Budweiser Clydesdales are some of the most famous Clydesdales.

The breed was developed from Flemish stallions imported to Scotland and crossed with local mares. The first recorded use of the name "Clydesdale" for the breed was in 1826, and by 1830 a system of hiring stallions had begun that resulted in the spread of Clydesdale horses throughout Scotland and into northern England. The first breed registry was formed in 1877. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, thousands of Clydesdales were exported from Scotland and sent throughout the world, including to Australia and New Zealand, where they became known as "the breed that built Australia". However, during World War I, population numbers began to decline due to increasing mechanization and war conscription. This decline continued, and by the 1970s, The Rare Breeds Survival Trust considered the breed vulnerable to extinction. Population numbers have increased slightly in the intervening time, but they are still thought to be vulnerable.

Clydesdale horses
Clydesdale horses
Clydesdale horses
Clydesdale horses

Lee Duquette and his new lady friend,
Missy Pumpkin

Big E Lifeguard

Lee and his new lady friend, Missy Pumpkin
Big E Lifeguard

A real-life Mr. Potato Head

a live potatio head

history bookThe first Eastern States Exposition occurred in 1916. It was originally conceived by Joshua L. Brooks as a way to help promote agriculture and educate young people with the skills and knowledge needed in agricultural vocations. The Exposition featured displays of innovations in the industry, and held contests designed to encourage farmers to better themselves through competition. Since the first Exposition, only World War I and World War II, during which the military requisitioned the grounds as storage depots, have interrupted the annual tradition.

The Fair was first titled "The Big E" in 1967 and remains true to its agricultural roots today, with more than 7,100 4-H and FFA participants, and 1,100 open-show exhibitors, as well as educational displays and attractions.

Menu for the two RV Gypsies in Massachusetts;
You may visit these 5 sections in any order you choose

Butler Sculpture Park

Lee Duquette in Lee, Massachusetts

The Big E (this page)

Jacobs Ladder Scenic Byway

Otis Poultry Farm "The Chicken Store"

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please continue on  to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have seen all four (4) sections above, please continue on to Pennsylvania: more fall foliage, a grist mill, a waterfall, an amazing sculpture tree and much more.