The 2013 Eastern States Exposition (the Big E!) opens in West Springfield, Massachusetts on Sept. 13 and continues through Sept. 29. Each year, over one million people visit the Big E to learn about the New England states and experience regional agriculture, hands-on living history, music and performances from national and regional entertainers, great food, demonstrations and exhibits, animals, exciting rides and games!
New Hampshire has been a part of the Big E's Avenue of States since 1930. All of the New England States have a pavilion on the Avenue where fair-goers can experience each New England state in an afternoon! Generations of Big E attendees have enjoyed an annual taste of New Hampshire at the Big E New Hampshire Building.
Visitors to this year's New Hampshire Building will find an impressive gathering of businesses, products and entertainers, each sharing their own story, highlighting New Hampshire craftsmanship and the arts. A state information welcome center is front and center in the building to help answer specific questions about New Hampshire offerings and help folks plan a trip to the Granite State.
Food and agriculture are also showcased at the Building with special exhibits and demonstrations by the New Hampshire maple and Christmas tree associations. There will be plenty of the famous New Hampshire blueberry pie and ice cream, homemade broccoli & cheddar cheese soup, plus the ever popular butter-dipped New Hampshire corn-on-the-cob. Everything is served fresh at the New Hampshire Building!
Special demonstrations have been scheduled each day of the fair featuring New Hampshire crafters at work. Fair-goers will be able to see chair caning, wood carving, basket making, Shaker box making and more. Musical entertainment is planned for each Friday-Sunday in the New Hampshire Building, showcasing local musicians. This year's line up includes New Hampshire favorites the Crunchy Western Boys, Bennett & Perkins, the Fiddling Thomsons, Spirit Fiddle, Heather Pierson, Average Joes Barbershop Quartet, Deep Hole Road Band and DeLuna and the Harpers for Hope.
New Hampshire Day at the Big E is Sept. 2oth. Additional activities and events have been set for this special day, featuring New Hampshire performers Rob Oxford, the Westmoreland Town Band, Santa Croce Family Band, New England Square Dance, Happy Hour Barbershop Quartet, Jason Purdy Magic, Big Maple Tree-O Band and Purly Gates Band. The Forever Locked Moose exhibit will be on display along with a car from the NH Motor Speedway, ATVs from the Ride the Wilds Coos County Trails Coalition and a demonstration from the Muddy Paws Dog Sled Kennel. NH State Police officers will also be on-site with a police motorcycle.
There will be lots to see and do during the 2013 Big E with plenty of good old fun for the whole family. For more information about the New Hampshire Building contact the New Hampshire Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food at 25 Capitol St., Concord, NH, tel. 603-271-3788, or visit www.agriculture.nh.gov for a more detailed program. For more information about the Big E, log on to www.thebige.com.