Webmaster’s Note: The following article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119. We thought it might be of interest to those Grangers who are heading to the Big E to volunteer at the Grange Building.
The Eastern States Exposition (Big E) is an annual event that takes place in West Springfield, MA. This event is held each September and attracts over one million visitors yearly during the seventeen days of the fair. The State of Maine has participated in this exciting display of New England traditions since 1925.
A unique feature of this annual fall classic is the Avenue of States, which is comprised of six exhibition halls that are replicas of architecturally significant buildings from each of the New England states. The State of Maine building, which was built in 1925, was designed by John Calvin Stevens — Maine’s premier architect. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry is pleased to have the responsibility of managing this program for the State of Maine.
The purpose of the program at the Big E is to exhibit, publicize, and advertise Maine’s products and resources in agriculture, industry, fisheries, wildlife, and recreation. The State of Maine has had an excellent reputation for providing a quality representation of Maine and its resources to the visitors that come to its building each year. More than 850,000 of the fairgoers visit the state buildings, affording a tremendous opportunity to promote Maine and Maine products.
For more information on the Big-E festivities, click here.