Monday, August 22, 2011

24 Days Until Big E 2011!

The Big E is just 24 short days away! As I look out the window from the Marketing department, there are no tents up yet nor food vendors in their usual spots for the course of the 17-day Fair, but this will quickly change as the next few weeks’ progress, I assure you.

However, I see the many construction projects that are in full swing. Construction workers and pavers are hard at work to make this year’s Fair experience that much more enjoyable! Fairgoers this year are sure to be amazed at what they will witness when they step through the gates!

Here’s the 411:
The construction on the Equine Arena is nearing completion! Construction workers have been hard at work for weeks on end, getting the new arena built in preparation for the Fair this year. I am sure the horses will be very pleased with their new home! Speaking of horses, woven into the little experiences that make The Big E memorable are traditions that have been a part of the Fair for many years. The Eastern States Exposition Horse Show, sponsored by Williams Distributing will feature Hunters & Jumpers, Hunt Seat Equitation, and the USHJA Zone 1 Championship Sept 14-18; Saddlebreds, Hackneys, Morgans, Friesians and Arabians, Sept. 22-25; The Big E Draft Horse Show, with The Big E $30,000 Six-Horse Hitch Showdown, Sept. 29 – Oct 2; and the 4-H Horse Show, taking place Sept. 22-24.

Fairgoers will also be able to enjoy exhibits of animal power with competitions in Horse Pulling, Sept. 19, and Ox Pulling, Sept. 20, as well as the Sheepdog Trials, which run Sept. 26 and 27 at 10 a.m.

Smooth Sailing!
Hampden Avenue is receiving a make-over, and by make-over I mean getting repaved. Fairgoers will have smooth sailing as they navigate their way through the 2011 Big E.

Oh, and we cannot forget about the beautiful new flowers that have been planted throughout the grounds!

Big E Brochures are everywhere!
And boy do they look great, too! What a team effort to get beautifully articulated brochures printed and into the hands of excited fairgoers! The brochures will provide you with everything you need to know about this year’s Big E. Whether it is entertainment on our Comcast Arena Stage, this year’s ticket prices, or basic information, the Big E Brochure will give you the perfect inside scoop on what will be happening at this year’s Fair.

Circus Around The Clock, sponsored by Uncommon USA!
A new and exciting exhibit at the 2011 Big E is Circus Around the Clock, a day-in-the-life story of “The Greatest Show On Earth,” in a 24-hour visual depiction of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus under the big top. Rare film footage, black & white photography and the restored Mother Goose circus wagon are highlights. Interactive performances will be presented by T.J. Howell’s “You Can Juggle” Kids’ Show. Plus, the greatest animal features in circus history – Jumbo, Ringling’s “last giraffe,” Gargantua the Great and the sacred White Elephant.

Be sure to make your way over to the Young Building and check it out. I guarantee it to be an impressive exhibit as well as an unforgettable experience!

Wow! There are so many exciting events occurring at this year’s Fair. Be sure to look out for more updates that will be posted here frequently!

We will see you at the 2011 Big E!