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Eastern States Exposition - The BIG E

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Have any of you been to the BIG E in W. Springfield, MA ? If so, you know there is so much to see, and food, food everywhere ~ some healthy, most probably not. emoticon

The BIG E was founded in 1916, and the first Eastern States Expo in 1917.

It is the only fair in the Country with multiple States participating. There are replicas of each New England states "original" statehouse, sitting on land actually owned by that State.

Massachusetts was the first to build their replica in 1919 at a cost of $50,000.

Next came Maine, built in 1925 at a cost of $50,000.

The 3rd was Vermont in 1929, at a cost of $60,500.

The 4th to build their replica was New Hampshire, in 1930 at a cost of $75,000.

The 5th state was Connecticut, in 1938 at a cost of $85,000.

And, finally, the 6th & last New England state is Rhode Island in 1957 for $150,000.

That was our walk along the "Avenue of States". Each state shows the products that they are known for.

The Maine cookie is the Whoopie Pie, so I brought DH home a Giant Wicked Whoopie Pie. It weighed about 4 lbs. Not diet friendly, but boy was it good.

Connecticut had a display for being Lego Country.

It wasn't on the Avenue of States, but Cabot Creamery of Vermont had a sculpture made of butter. It sure was neat !!

Then there was the parade. It was Springfield Day, the day we were there. I love Clydesdale horses, they are just so beautiful.

Here are a few more pictures taken at the parade. It's my son and daughter-in-law with the pumpkin family. I was impressed with their police Mobile Command Unit.

I hope you enjoyed my trip to the BIG E.....We walked around for about 7 hours. There was much to see ~~ food, crafts, animals, exhibits, etc. There are also carnival rides for the young at heart !!

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  • no profile photo CD13451576
    thanks for sharing very interesting nice seeing where you live...good workout for you too all that walking good job!
    2854 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8522718
    That looks really fun!

    It looks like you got in some good steps too with 7 hours!
    2860 days ago
    That was fantastic. Looks like a lot of fun. I'm glad you had the chance to go. The Clydesdale horses are always so beautiful. Those must be the best roasted marshmallows ever. The Pumpkins looks so happy lol.
    2865 days ago
    emoticon for sharing
    2865 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12867206
    4 lb woopie pie, wow !!! It wouldn't last long in my house either. Love woopie pie. Really, you brought it for hubby emoticon emoticon LOL How much did you gain?.Looks like you had a great time, emoticon for sharing and now you got to get busy getting rid of that woopie pie, LOL
    2866 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11471047
    I've never heard of it until you started talking about it here. I'm so interested in attending it at some point in the future! If we ever do get there, I'll be sure to let you know so you can give me the "insider information"! LOL!
    2867 days ago
  • KELLEY106
    I grew up in S. Hadley MA. While in school we had the day off to go to THE EASTERN STATES EXPOSITION, or just plain Eastern States. The busses took us . My favorite was always the state building.
    2868 days ago
    Fantastic! I love going to things like this! Love history. Love fairs! Love whoopee pies too (but don't usually eat them). I cannot get over the size of the one in your pics! Wow!

    Thanks for sharing, Barb! I love going to fairs!

    emoticon blog - fun! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Hey, what's wrong with PIZZA? emoticon You got some good basic food groups in there - your starch, your protein, your dairy, your veggie, and your fat! emoticon
    2868 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12812602
    great pictures and the biggest whoopie pie i have ever seen. Glad you had fun
    2868 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12692397
    Wow! Thanks for sharing. Looks like you had a very aerobic and enjoyable day emoticon
    2868 days ago
  • DALMOM2007
    Wow...thanks for sharing. I never even heard of the BIG E...but then again, I am in Illinois..LOL!

    It looks like a really great place to go...the state building replicas are interesting.

    I love the Clydesdale horses too! I'm sure that would have been my favorite. emoticon
    2868 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8643915
    That was a great trip. Lots of history. Thank you for taking us with you. Do you have any Whoopie Pie in the freezer??? Glad you had a good time!!!! emoticon
    2868 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! I had never heard of the Big E, so I learned something.
    2868 days ago
    That looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing.
    2868 days ago
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