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Press Release MDAR Announces the Opening of the Massachusetts State Exposition Building for the 2021 “Big E” Fair

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  • Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Media Contact for MDAR Announces the Opening of the Massachusetts State Exposition Building for the 2021 “Big E” Fair

Craig Gilvarg, Director of Communications

West SpringfieldIn collaboration with the Eastern States Exposition, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) today announced the annual opening of the Massachusetts State Exposition Building during the “Big E” fair. This year, the 2021 “Big E” Fair will run from Friday, September 17, 2021, through Sunday, October 3, 2021. The Massachusetts State Exposition Building is one of six original statehouse replicas representing each of the New England states that are located on the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds’ “Avenue of States.” The mission of the Massachusetts building is to showcase Massachusetts agriculture, culture, commerce, and tourism through informational, educational, promotional, and retail exhibits. Additionally, in 2019, the Massachusetts States Exposition Building celebrated its 100-year anniversary.

“Following a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are especially excited to celebrate the Big E fair and showcase much of what makes the Commonwealth so special,” said Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux. “Importantly, the public will be able to visit the Massachusetts Building, which is open for business and happy to provide everyone with a sampling of Massachusetts’ agriculture, culture, tourism and commerce sectors.”

Attendees of the 2021 “Big E” fair can visit over 30 vendors including small business owners, agricultural commodity groups, commercial vendors, and state organizations located within the Massachusetts Building. Visitors can also expect to find a wide variety of products, including clam chowder, apples, Finnish pancakes, honey, chili, fruit, maple syrup, candles, soaps, chocolate, jewelry, photography, dips, lobster rolls, kettle corn, smoothies, sandwiches, ice cream, and more.

“We are delighted to welcome back The Big E, New England’s premier agricultural fair since 1919,” said Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism Executive Director Keiko Orrall. “As the largest event of its kind on the East Coast, this iconic event attracts a strong drive-market of visitors from the New England and Mid-Atlantic states in particular. The Big E provides a tangible economic boost to our tourism industry and gives visitors yet another reason to visit Massachusetts.”

Special days for the Massachusetts Building will include Military Day on Friday, September 17, 2021, Massachusetts Day on Thursday, September 23, 2021, and Harvest New England Day on Friday, October 1, 2021. Below is a list of this year’s Massachusetts State Exposition Building vendors for the 17-day fair:



Amy's All-Natural Soaps

New Braintree

Andrew Gordon Jewelry


Carol's Original Kettle Korn


Fan Favorite, Inc DBA I Love Boston Sports

West Roxbury



Hampden County Beekeepers

East Longmeadow

Hardwick Vineyards & Winery, LLC


Jay's Wicked Gourmet


Koffee Kup Bakery


Kringle Candle, Co.


Macken Sliders


Main Street Deli- Full name RCM Inc. DBA Main St Deli


Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR)


Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)


Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS)


Massachusetts Farmers Markets


Massachusetts Maple Producers Association


Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT)


Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth


Massachusetts State Grange


Massachusetts State Lottery


Massachusetts State Treasury


Maureen's Sweet Shoppe

East Longmeadow

My Main Squeeze

E Longmeadow

New England Apple Association


Patrick Zephry Nature Photography


Simply Dip-Licious


Springfield Thunderbirds


Subzero Nitrogen Ice Cream


The Chili Station

East Longmeadow

Valley Malt


Wise Mouth Inc

North Attleboro

Worcester Woo Sox Baseball



Media Contact for MDAR Announces the Opening of the Massachusetts State Exposition Building for the 2021 “Big E” Fair

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources 

The Department’s mission is to help keep the Massachusetts’ food supply safe and secure, and to work to keep Massachusetts agriculture economically and environmentally sound.

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