The wait is finally over! Opening day gates are unlocked, breakfast is being served, animals are showing, and all exhibits & buildings will be open by 10am. The streets are bustling with vendors, the grills are fired up and the first fairgoers have arrived! You can smell the fairtime aromas as you approach The Big E grounds. At The Big E, you’re guaranteed to experience Excitement, Education, and Exploration! This year there are many new exhibitors and attractions for fairgoers to enjoy.
Today, Friday, Sept. 13, enjoy “Be a Kid for a Day”, when everyone pays the child’s price of $10 for admittance and “Military Appreciation Day” - ID required for free admission for:
- Active duty military personnel
- Dependents of active duty military personnel
- Veterans (no dependents)
Visit the new Wine and Cheese Barn to sample and purchase products from selected winners of The Big E Northeast Gold Wine and Gold Medal Cheese Competition. Treasures of the Hard Rock is a fantastic exhibit that displays a collection of iconic music memorabilia. It’s your chance to have a sneak peek into the Hard Rock “Vault.” Also, new to the Fair are the Swifty Swine Racing Pigs who are sure to tickle your heart as they race against each other for an Oreo cookie. And don’t forget to visit the Midway to ride the new, spectacular Mach 3! But that’s not all; there are many more newcomers to discover as you stroll down the roads of The Big E.
Today, The Big E Grande Mardi Gras parade will hit the streets at 5pm and DJ Pauly D will be performing on the Court Honor Stage at 8pm. He’ll be spinning records to create a memorable dance party that is sure to light up the night!
During each day of the Fair, there are many events and entertaining performances to see. It’s a challenge to visit all of The Big E’s breathtaking attractions in one day – and taste each of the amazing new foods! So we welcome you to partake in 17 days of pure joy at The Big E.