Sunday, September 28, 2008

Last night of the 2008 Big E

It’s the last day of the Fair, and the sun is shining over the grounds. Tonight, Fergie will grace the Comcast Arena Stage bringing this year’s fabulous entertainment to an end. Unfortunately, due to an illness, Sugarland was unable to perform last night, but all of the other shows went off without a hitch.

Here’s a recap of the past seventeen days of entertainment:
Natasha played opening night in the rain to faithful fans.
Former Bad Company Lead Singer Brian Howe followed Saturday night

Sunday, Danity Kane rocked the stage drawing masses of screaming fans.

Local sensation Ashley Gearing brought a country twang Friday the 19th.

American Idol Jordin Sparks captured attention Saturday evening.

Jason Aldean played Sunday the 21st following opener LoCash Cowboys

Friday the 26th, rain cleared up to allow LeAnn Rimes to perform.

Fergie will finish the entertainment line-up tonight as the Fair comes to an end.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Welcome One and All the The Big E Super Circus

Monday, I had the privilege of witnessing the agility, strength and courage that is hidden underneath the Big Top.

Opening the show, the Flying Pages climbed flimsy ladders to the top of the tent, so high up that I had to tilt my head all the way back to see. The music started and the girls in flashy costumes began swinging across the room holding only a small bar. Flipping off of the trapeze, the girls jumped into the arms of the “catola” hanging upside down across the tent. Eighteen year-old Anthony Pays did a triple somersault and his ten year-old sister flew from the very top of the tent.

Check out some pictures from their act.

Next in line, dogs of all sizes came running out from behind a curtain. These dogs, who all have been rescued from animal shelters, can perform tricks that you have to see to believe. Leaping through hoops and performing handstands are only a few of these k-9’s talents. The show even included “high-diving daredevil doggie,” who leaped from a platform into the arms of his trainer below.

Check out some pictures of these performing pooches.

After the dogs left the stage, Duo Fusion entered with a display of great strength and balance.

Following Duo Fusion, Sylvia Zerbini entered the ring with her eight white beauties. Her act involved demonstrations of the horses' abilities and her own acrobatic feats.

More? Of course. Two girls can fit into a box no larger than a microwave. Check this out.

Following the girls in a box, the circus elephants finished the show. These African beauties only seem larger when you get that close to them. Even the five year old was enormous!!!

The Big E Super Circus is a sight to be seen!! Check out one of the three daily shows: 1, 3 and 7 P.M.

The Big E Cake Decorating Contest

You can have your cake and eat it too!

Check out some of the entries to this year’s Big E cake decorating contest.
The 2008 Theme was THE BIG E: Fun at the Fair.

Winner of PM. contest

Winner of AM. Contest

Which cake is your favorite?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Jordin Sparks at The Big E

This American Idol drew quite the crowd Saturday night as she performed at The Big E.
Jordin Sparks entertained a full house of screaming fans who didn’t mind waiting in line for a few hours to get into the show.
Her clear and booming voice filled the Comcast Arena Stage and fans of all ages danced and sang along with Sparks’ chart-topping hits.
A few lucky fans got to meet Sparks backstage after the show. Her model-like height made even tall fans seem short.
Have you seen Jordin Sparks in concert or at The Big E? Share your stories!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Big E is in full swing with a great stretch of sunny, fall-like weather ahead.

Last night, Springfield native, Ashley Gearing performed on the Comcast Arena Stage. Her own songs were complimented by a cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” where she captivated the audience with her phenomenal voice. Only 17, Ashley “came home” to play an amazing show for a great crowd of fans.

Jordin Sparks will perform tonight, September 20, 2008, on the Comcast Arena Stage following in the footsteps of other American idols. “One Step at a Time,” Sparks has risen to the top of pop-music charts with hits like “Tattoo.” Showtime is at 8 P.M., free with admission to the Fair.
Tickets are still available for An Evening with Fergie. The Dutchess herself will perform Sunday, September 28 at 7P.M. on the Comcast Arena Stage. Tickets are available at

Two girls squeezed into a box not much larger than a microwave….Can’t imagine that! Check them out at this year’s Big E Super Circus.

What were your favorite parts of The Big E this year?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Showstoppers at The Big E

Danity Kane performed at The Big E this past weekend drawing a crowd to the Comcast Arena Stage. They put on quite a show.

ESE President Wayne McCary behind the scenes with Danity Kane

The pop stars are one of the many groups and artists that will grace the stage during the Fair.

Still to perform this year are Sugarland, Fergie, Jordin Sparks,

LeAnn Rimes, Ashley Gearing, and Jason Aldean.

Who would you like to see come to The Big E?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Presents, Prizes and Cream Puffs!!!

Everybody loves a free gift, especially when they keep on giving. This year, The Big E is giving out free gifts…..a free button that is.

Cute and creative, they boast sayings like, “The Fair with Flair,” “Pro-Cream Puffs” and “Love, Liberty and Llamas.”

Fair goers can find staff members and receive a free button, or take fate into their own hands and buy the button of their choice for only $0.50.

Why should anyone wear this button you might ask? Well I, along with the rest of the staff, get to go onto the fair grounds and hunt down button wearers to hand out prizes. It’s the best part of my job. Reactions vary, but most winners are so excited that they jump up and yell. One lady was so excited that she gave me, a complete stranger, a hug.
What can you win? We hand out cream puffs, Big E tickets, Rock Cats tickets, Dunkin Donuts gift cards, even Fergie tickets.....

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sea Lion Splash

Balancing, dancing and interacting with the audience, sea lions have made a splash at this year’s Big E.

Trainers host each show, putting these fabulous aquatic creatures through their paces. The sea lions perform in and out of the water, catching and retrieving objects, executing handstands and “singing,” which are all part of their naturally mischievous, comedic behavior.

The show draws quite a crowd, as music plays and children dance in the aisles awaiting the entertainment. Squalus, Inc. brought four sea lions to The Big E, (Minnie, Alicia, Sparky and Zoë), but only two perform at a time.

At 10:30 a.m. trainer and host Jessica opened the Sunday morning show bringing Sparky and Zoë onto the stage. Balancing on a stand, the two clapped their fins and waved hello to the audience while smiling and shaking hands with Jessica. Throughout the performance, the animals executed hand stands, caught rings, balanced balls on their noses and even shot basket balls into a hoop.

The Squalus, Inc. show is the only traveling sea lion act in the United States, and is geared around educating the audience on the habits and nature of these mammals. It was created when the company began caring for beached sea lions that were injured and unable to be put back into the wild. Zoë is an example of such creatures, as she was orphaned in California as a pup. Her mother died from pollution in the Pacific Ocean.

Due to the death of Sea Lions such as Zoë’s mother, Squalus, Inc. has integrated an anti-pollution/recycling campaign into their show. Zoë, now five years old, showed the audience what could happen when her natural curiosity would lead her to ingest part of a plastic bottle in the wild: she played dead, rolling over while holding the bottle in her mouth. After “coming back to life,” Zoë walked over and placed the bottle in a recycling bin reinforcing what Jessica had told the audience

The tropical setting complete with rocks, palm trees, waterfalls, foliage and two pools allows the audience to also see the underwater antics of these fascinating creatures.

As each show wraps up, audience members are provided with the opportunity to have a close sea lion encounter as well as a photo taken with one of the animals, like this one that appeared on the front page of Saturday’s Republican.

(Here's a link to the article on MassLive)

The show provides continuous entertainment for fairgoers at the north end of the Avenue of States. Showtimes are Monday through Friday, noon, 3:30, and 7:30 p.m. with an additional 10:30 a.m. show Saturday and Sunday.

Fun Sea Lion Facts:
---A sea lion is a sea mammal from the pinipedia family meaning “fin foot”
---They are amphibious, meaning they can live in and out of the water
---A sea lion can swim up to 24mph
---They can stay underwater for 10 – 15 minutes without coming up for air
---They can dive as far as 1,300 ft into the water
---Sea lions have course outer hairs called guard hairs that keep the animal warm

Differences between a sea lion and a seal:
---Sea Lions have ears
---Sea Lions have much larger Flippers than seals
---Sea Lions can rotate their hips which allows them to walk on land