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This Friday is the first day of fall, so celebrate its official arrival by taking part in a local tradition: the Big E. Officially known as the Eastern States Exposition, the 17-day event has been around since 1917. Kids of all ages enjoy riding the Midway rides and visiting the other attractions at the largest fair in the Northeast.
The Big E runs from now until October 2, so there is still time to experience all of the food and exhibits. You can order your tickets online and print them at home, or get them at the gate. Whether you need to escape for the day for some adult time or you plan to take the kids along, the Big E is a great weekend destination.
As for the food, the Big E offers traditional fair items like corn dogs and fried dough. Sample their signature dessert, the Big E Cream Puff, along with other fried items that include pickles, cheesecake and—are you ready?—Kool-Aid! Believe it or not, the fair does feature some healthy food options, along with plenty of other activities to keep you busy and help you walk off your snacks.
In addition to the rides and food, there are farm animals, educational tours and plenty of opportunities to shop. It’s hard to imagine that you can fit it all into one day, but the sights are worth the trip.
The featured entertainment at the Big E includes two stages with popular acts like Darius Rucker, Cheap Trick and Reba. Many shows still have tickets on sale, and some of those that don’t have reserved seats available offer free open seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Each day, there are three free shows of the Big E Super Circus, along with parades and other entertainment. There are a number of other attractions on various days. Check the schedule and get all of the other information you need online at http://www.thebige.com/fair/