Maine Day at New England's Largest Fair is Sept. 15

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For Immediate Release

September 10, 2018      

Contact: Anne Trenholm, (207) 287-3491
               John Bott, (207) 287-3156

Maine Day at New England's Largest Fair is Sept. 15

 The "Big E" is September 14 - 30 in West Springfield, MA 

Maine Building at the Big E
The Maine Building located at the Avenue of States at the "Big E."


West Springfield, MA – “New England’s largest fair” starts this Friday, September 14 and continues until September 30 in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The Eastern States Exposition, also known as the “Big E,” promotes agriculture, education, industry, family entertainment and traditions that are part of New England’s Heritage. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry oversees Maine’s participation in this annual event.

“The first Saturday at the “Big E is Maine Day, which showcases what makes Maine unique and special,” said Commissioner Walt Whitcomb. “Throughout the entire seventeen-day fair, visitors to the Maine building experience a balance of educational and commercial exhibits that showcase Maine and its unique way of life. Only items that produced, grown, crafted or manufactured in Maine are featured in our building.”

About the “Big E” 

The “Big E” takes place every September in West Springfield, Massachusetts and is the largest fair in New England, with participation from all six New England states (Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine). Each state has its own exhibition hall. A record number of visitors attended the "Big E" in 2017, breaking the Fair's all-time high attendance figure, with a final tally of 1,525,553. The State of Maine building (built in 1925) showcases Maine foods and products, as well as features information on Maine’s many recreational and vacation opportunities.

September 15th is Maine Day at the "Big E"

Maine Day showcases the State of Maine and what makes it unique among New England states.

2018 Maine Day Schedule of Events

8:30 AM: Coffee Break/Maine Meet and Greet
9:30 AM: Opening Maine Day Ceremony
10:00 AM: Maine building and front lawn exhibits open
10:30 AM: Performance: Rick Charette & the Bubblegum Band
12:00 PM: Performance: Maine Marimba Ensemble
2:30 PM: Performance: Rick Charette & the Bubblegum Band
4:00 PM: Performance: Ranger D Singing Cowboy
5:00 PM: Daily Parade
6:00 PM: Performance: Saltwater Hillbilly

Maine Day Participants

  • Stage performances by
     - Rick Charette & the Bubblegum Band 
     - Maine Marimba Ensemble
     - Ranger D Singing Cowboy
     - Saltwater Hillbilly
  • Green Garden Farm - Maine Garlic
  • Nubik Ranch - Maine Honey
  • Brant & Cochran - Hand Forged Axes
  • IF&W Game Wardens
  • Smokey Bear/Forest Service Ranger
  • Blueberry Queens, Dairy Princesses, Sea Goddess, Potato Queen

    2018 Maine Building Exhibitors

    • Alan Claude - Maine Lighthouse Collection Series
    • Maine Aquaculture Association - Smoked Salmon on a Stick
    • Lori A Davis Photography & Lara Max, Artisan Blacksmith - Nature & Wildlife Photographs, Blacksmith Designs and Paintings
    • Maine Office of Tourism - Maine Tourism Information
    • Jack and Mary Designs - Hand-crafted, accessories made from recycled sweaters
    • Buoy Sports, LLC - Decorative Buoys and Buoy Bats
    • Wicked Whoopies by Isamax Snacks, Inc. - Whoopie Pies
    • Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company - Maine Lobster Rolls
    • Old Bottle Sea Glass of Maine - Maine Sea Glass Art
    • Historic Pittston Farm - Destination, Campground, Homemade Ice Cream
    • Pizza Pie on the Fly - Wood Fire Pizza
    • Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine - Wild Maine Blueberry Products
    • Maine Potato Board - Maine Baked Potato
    • Drift Inn Canteen - Food Cart Featuring Maine Fair Foods
    • Hilltop Spoonworks - Kitchen Utensils Made from Maine Wood 
    • Maine Craft Beer - Maine's Local Brews 
    • Maine Made America's Best - Maine Made Items
    • Nubik Ranch - Maine Honey
    • Winter Whimsies - Personalized Hand-crafted Ornaments

    Follow along on social media, and share  your own fair adventures as we invite neighbors near and far to #meetMEattheBigE.  

    For more information about the Big E, please visit For more information on Maine’s participation in the event, contact Anne Trenholm at (207) 287-3491.