Its opening day here at The Big E and everything has started off with a bang. Yesterday, the Fair hosted a pre-Fair press conference and media party. The Press Conference revealed about The Big E’s Economic Impact of $22 million brought into the West Springfield area, and stories were already posted on the web by the time the media party started at 6 p.m. At the party, The Big E welcome area media personnel. Between the catered food and The Big E’s own cream puffs, nobody went hungry.
Today, The Big E hosts Military Appreciation Day, honoring those who currently serve in the military and veterans. The opening ceremony took place at 10 a.m. at the gate 5 Flag Plaza where The Big E honored Spc. Kenneth J. Iwasinski, an Army infantryman who made West Springfield his home and was killed October 14, 2007 in Iraq.
Tonight, Natasha Bedingfield will grace the Comcast Arena Stage, performing all of her hits. The concert is at 8 p.m., and tomorrow I will post details from JJ about everything that took place behind the scenes and before the concert.
This morning has already proved to be a busy day. My task today is to hand out new Big E buttons for our on-grounds campaign. The buttons boast little phrases such as “The Fair with Flair,” “Pro-Cream Puffs” and “The Bull Stops Here.” Anyone who is spotted wearing a button during the fair will have the opportunity to win prizes. Prizes may be anything from tickets to come back, a free cream puff, or even concert tickets.
Right now, out my office window, Malo is setting up on the Court of Honor Stage. We can hear their instruments preparing for the show to take place in just a few minutes as people gather to watch. They play daily at 12p.m. and 6 p.m. It’s a nice break from work to hear music flowing through the office.