Hotels Near the Eastern States Exposition, "The Big E"
The Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds are located off of Route 147 in West Springfield, Massachusetts, with easy access to I-91 and the Mass Pike.
The Big E, otherwise known as the Eastern States Exposition, is New England’s Great State Fair! The only one of its kind, it brings together six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. More than one million fairgoers attend each fall – held for two weeks and three weekends in West Springfield, MA.
The history of The Big E dates back to 1917 when it was decided that a state fair would be a great way to help reinforce and encourage the areas farming industry and hold contests that would encourage the farmers to better themselves through competition.
The Big E has evolved! The huge amount of entertainment and activities are astounding. There is the North American Midway, musical concerts at the Comcast Arena Stage, cooking contests in the Harvest Kitchen Theater, the Super Circus, the Sea Lion Splash and an American Circus Poster display. Enjoy the Mardi Gras Parade, the Avenue of the States and all of The Big E exhibitors.
And the one thing everyone looks forward to…The Big E Cream Puffs! They’re back and so are The Big E Eclairs and The Big E Chocolate Chip Cookies! Get ‘em to go!
Storrowton Village Museum sits in a quiet section of the Eastern States Exposition. A quaint reproduction of an authentic 19th century village houses nine historical buildings built around a traditional Green. Storrowton Village offers group tours year-round by appointment only.
Year round entertainment at the fairgrounds of The Big E include dogs shows and horse shows.
For a calendar of events, visit the Eastern States Exposition website.
The Pioneer Valley Hotel Group properties are conveniently located near all area activities. Each hotel is staffed with friendly and experienced personnel and it is their goal to help make your visit a memorable one. Stays at the Comfort Inn & Suites Ludlow and Comfort Inn Amherst are eligible for participation in Choice Privileges® and at the Hampton Inn Hadley Amherst, participation in Hilton HHonors®.