Big E makes big impact on local economy

USA’s fifth largest fair comes to Massachusetts


WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– You can tell by the smells, and by the sounds, that the Big E has officially started.Advertisement

Springfield natives Madeline and Bill Laskoski told 22news it’s an event worth traveling from for, even from their new home in Alabama. “I love the circus, even though I’m old, well I’m not that old, but I do love the circus. I love the craft part, I do love the state buildings and I love the food,” Madeline said. Bill told 22News its all about the music.

Big E organizers told 22News that when it comes to bringing in large numbers of people, the big name entertainment acts have become one of their most significant tools.

The Big E is North America’s fifth largest fair. It started as a nine day event, but about 20 years ago that changed and the fair doubled its running time.

“So our economic impact really exploded when that happened. It expanded the fair by 40 percent but attendance to the fair actually grew much larger than that,” Gene Cassidy, President and CEO of the grounds told 22News.

Cassidy also said that while their operative 365 days a year, the now 17-day long Big E fair makes up roughly 80 percent of the Eastern States Exposition’s annual revenue.

A marketing study conducted by Amherst-based Regional Economic Models released earlier this year found the fairgrounds have a total year-round economic impact of nearly $480 million dollars to the West Springfield and surrounding region.BuyPower Card

The Big E runs from September 12th to the 28th.

The 5 Best Places To See The Leaves Change Color This Fall:

1. Upstate New York There may not be another place in the world that is more famous for it’s changing leaves than the northern reaches of New York state. Heralded in films and literature alike, the vibrant layers of orange, red, and yellow are nearly impossible to beat. Our favorite route? Highway 97, from Hancock to the sleepy little enclave of Port Jervis.  
2. Vermont Not only is Vermont home to some of the sleepiest, prettiest small towns in northeastern America, it’s also one of the most singular Fall landscapes in the country. We recommend cruising out to Burke for their annual Foliage Festival, where you much apples, catch live music, and play “cow plop Bingo” like a true local.  
3. Québec, CanadaCome for the maple syrup, but in September – stay for the gorgeous, yellow-leaved landscapes of seemingly endless trees. For culture-hounds, stay in the scenic little city of Montreal, but for the ski fanatics, head to Mont Tremblant. It’s a picturesque, mountaintop ski resort that affords stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
4. Missouri Whodathunk? One of the best places to see beautiful fall foliage is right smack in the middle of the country, where the scenic Ozarks have gained the well-deserved reputation of having some of the densest, most brilliantly-colored fall foliage there is. “Peak” season is usually in October, so you’d even have time to catch some fall festival annuals in the northeastern Kingdom before heading this way. Great driving tours can be recommended via Branson.5. Oregon No surprise that Oregon, a country famous for its greenery and environmentally-minded populace, would be one of the most beautiful places to watch the leaves change color. Hiking enthusiasts will find tons to explore just inside and outside of Portland, from the nearby Multnomah Falls to the centrally located Japanese Gardens.  
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