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The Big E prepares for large crowds in hot weather

With the heat, The Big E is taking some precautions to keep you cool while you peruse the grounds. 
 

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Big E traffic causing back ups

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It's the second weekend of The Big E and large numbers of people are showing up to the fair, causing traffic to back up Saturday. 

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The Big E prepares for large crowds in hot weather

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It was an extremely busy day at The Big E yesterday as fairgoers broke a 3 year old record for single day attendance. Today...

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Joey Chestnut to compete in cheeseburger eating contest at The Big E

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The biggest name in competitive eating is coming to this year’s Big E.

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Massachusetts Day underway at The Big E

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Thursday marks Massachusetts Day at the Big E! 

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Local musicians collaborate and perform at the Big E

The Western Mass. Songwriters Collaborative honors the legacy and history of local original music. This year they're having a songwriters series at the Big E. Find out more by watching the clip above.

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Heavy traffic seen heading towards The Big E

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It's been a busy day at The Big E for Massachusetts Day today.

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Massachusetts day kicks off at the Big E

Thursday marks Massachusetts Day at the Big E!

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Earthlight Solar and Energy Solutions at The Big E

There's one company that thrives in the sunshine and is good for the environment ...Earthlight Solar and Energy Solutions out of Connecticut.  Find out right here, what they provide!  Just watch the video. You can also find them in the CT Building during The Big E fair. 

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The Big E - Connecticut Day 2017!

We're celebrating Connecticut Day at The Big E . Take a look at what we found in the CT Building!  

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It's Connecticut Day at the Big E

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It's day six of the Big E which can only mean one thing: Connecticut Day. A rather busy day each year for New England’s largest fair, as tens of thousands of Connecticut residents head up I-91 and into West Springfield, making for quite a traffic jam in the city.

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Taking a trip down the Big Yellow Slide!

It's 106 steps up to some fun at The Big E.  Check it out as Meteorologist Jacob Wycoff takes a trip down the Big Yellow Slide.

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Guilt-free foods you can eat while at The Big E

Just because you are at a fair doesn't mean that you can't eat healthy.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to show us some guilt-free options you can find at The Big E.

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Tuesday marks Salute to Rhode Island Day at The Big E

It's Rhode Island's time to shine at the great New England state fair.  Tuesday is Salute to Rhode Island Day at The Big E!

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Monday is Salute to West Springfield Day at The Big E

The Big E rolls on in West Springfield and Monday marks Salute to West Springfield Day at the fair.

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The Big E uses cameras to monitor traffic

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Day 3 of The Big E! So far throughout the weekend many of the people we spoke with say that traffic really hasn’t been that bad ...

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Opening weekend of The Big E is here!

What's a fair without food?  Especially at one of the largest fairs in the country...The Big E.  This year, there's the 'World's Largest Cosmo Martini' which was unveiled last night. But that's not all that's new.  Check out what other tasty treats await! 

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Opening weekend of The Big E is here!

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Ahhh, the opening weekend of the Big E is upon us...

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Camel Kingdom exhibit arrives at The Big E

There's a new exhibit this year: Camel Kingdom.  That means every day is hump day at The Big E.  It's the world premiere of the attraction that stars the rare Dromedary camel. There are less than 1,000 of these blue eyed spotted camels in existence.  It's an entertaining and educational experience that features the camels in a desert habitat.  You can even have your very own camel encounter with a photo after the show, daily at noon, 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Avenue of the States features highlights from across New England

How would you like to take a trip around all six New England states in an afternoon?  Well, you can do that...sort of...at The Big E.  Jacob Wycoff explains the state buildings at the fairgrounds and what they offer.

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First Big E fair-goers come near and far to avoid traffic

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As if 8 a.m. wasn't early enough, there were plenty of fair-goers outside the gates of The Big E before they even opened in anticipation for day one. They came from near and far to beat the car and foot traffic.

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Friday marks Military Appreciation Day at The Big E

Friday is Military Appreciation Day at The Big E and with today's nice weather, organizers believe they may break last year's record of over 8,000 veterans attending the event.

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The Big E gets underway

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Friday's the day!  Thousands of fair-goers are expected to head out to West Springfield for the opening day of The Big E.

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SLIDESHOW

Western Mass News will be at this year's Big E.  Check out pictures from our broadcast center!

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SLIDESHOW

The 101st installment of The Big E has begun at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield.  Check out these pictures as Day 1 gets underway.

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Big E vendors undergo food inspections

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The Big E opens its gates tomorrow and people have been talking about it since last year. One of the biggest draws to the fair is the food, but how safe is fair food really? 

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Ride inspections underway before Big E begins

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Safety inspections were underway at the Big E fairgrounds ahead of opening day.  

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Buzz Around Town: Poppie's Conessions at The Big E in West Springfield

Corndogs and fried cheesecake, oh my! These are just some of the treats you can enjoy at Poppie's Concessions at the Big E! Brittany Murphy visited the stand before the Big E festivities.

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Private parking lots busy during The Big E

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The Big E opens for another season in two days and they're expecting more than a million people to attend the fair, but where do you park?

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Big E and MassDOT look to ease fair-related traffic backups

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The countdown for the Big E is coming to an end as New England's great state fair is only two days away.  

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State and special event days at The Big E

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Every year the Big E honors New England with certain days that are dedicated to states and special events.

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Reproductions of Michelangelo's artwork to be on display at the Big E

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Feel like you’re traveling back in time by visiting the Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel exhibit at this year’s Big E. 

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TwinE country music fest coming to the Big E!

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You're going to want to break out the cowboy boots for the first ever TwinE country music fest at the Big E! 

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The Big E - Shuttle services will be available from the Enfield Mall

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The Big E is only 10 days away!   Looking to take a shuttle to the Fair this year? If so, you'll be able to catch one from the Enfield Square Mall...

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Flatliner Burger, Waffle Chicken Bites among new foods at The Big E

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September is almost here and that means The Big E is near. Chances are high that your favorite part of the annual fair is the food.

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Competitive horse shows gallop into the Big E coliseum

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The Coliseum sits at the center of the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds and again this year, the historic facility will carry on a tradition of hosting some fantastic horse shows.

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Come see us at The Big E!

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The Big E begins this week and Western Mass News and Big Y are proud to be a part of this year's fair.

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