Visit a Little Bit of Vermont, in Massachusetts, at The Big E


Alison Kosakowski – 802-272-4547

(*Note to editors: photos from the 2012 fair can be found here: )

Vermont will once again share its culture and heritage with more than one million attendees at the Big E, New England’s largest agricultural fair, which commences next week in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The fair will run from September 13-29. Vermont will be represented by exhibitors in the Vermont building, located on the Avenue of the States. A popular Big E attraction, the Avenue of the States houses smaller-scale replicas of each of the six original New England Statehouses. These buildings feature vendors and exhibitors which exemplify the heritage, food, traditions, and products from each respective state. Similar to national embassies, the buildings on the Avenue of the States are owned by their respective jurisdictions. The Vermont building will showcase local foods and wares, and local musicians will be entertaining attendees on the lawn.

2013 Entertainers:

9/14: Jennifer Crowell (Contemporary Folk)- 1-4 pm

9/15: Prydein (Celtic Rock)- 1-4 pm

9/21: Brattleboro American Legion Band -10 am- Noon

Rick and the Ramblers (Western Swing)- 1-4 pm

Robert Resnik and Marty Morrissey (Songs of Lake Champlain)-5-7 pm

9/22: Young Tradition Vermont Day- The Zeichner Family and Jokers Wild - 1-5 pm

9/28: JimmyT Thurston and The Cobras (Outlaw Rock)- 1-4 pm

9/29: East Bay Jazz (Jazz and Big Band)- 1-4 pm.

Vermont Building Exhibitors:

The Vermont Building showcases some of Vermont’s finest products and brands, from all across the state. The 2013 exhibitors are as follows:

• American Flatbread Company, Waitsfield

• Bear's Den Carving, Towshend

• Chris Jeffrey Stained Glass, Barre

• Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Waterbury Center

• Danforth Pewterers, Middlebury

• Green Mountain Organic Milk (Kimball Brook Farm), Hinesburg

• Halladay's Harvest Barn, Bellows Falls

• Vermont Cheese (J & P Bonita Enterprises), Berlin

• Johnson Woolen Mills, Johnson

• Ben & Jerry's, Waterbury

• Long Trail Brewing Company, Inc. (Otter Creek Brewing Company, LLC), Bridgewater Corners

• Mother Myrick's Confectionary, Manchester Center

• The Village Peddler, East Arlington

• Vermont Bee Balm, Craftsbury

• Vermont Brewer's Association, Statewide

• Vermont Clothing Company, St Albans

• Vermont Country Soap, Middlebury

• Vermont Flannel Company, East Barre

• Vermont Hand Crafters, Williston

• Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Assoc., Statewide

• Vermont Morgan Horse, Westford

• Vermont Prime Emu, Brandon

• Vermont Smoke & Cure, Hinesburg

• Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Shelburne

• Willow Bend Publishing, Goshen

The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing will also be exhibiting, building awareness and providing information for tourists interested in visiting the Green Mountain State. Vermont Day at the Big E will be celebrated Sept. 21st. In addition to receiving special recognition on this day, the Vermont building will feature multiple musical performances.

The Eastern States Exposition, home of The Big E, was founded by Joshua L. Brooks in 1916 when he convinced the National Dairy Show to hold its annual event on the grounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1917, the first Eastern States Exposition took place. Brooks’ desire was to bring together all six New England states in one location to share ideas and improve regional agriculture.

The Vermont Building was built in 1926 at a cost of $60,500, and it is owned by the State of Vermont, along with the land it sits on. Management of the Vermont Building is a team effort among three state agencies: Agriculture, Food and Markets; Buildings and General Services; and Commerce and Community Development.

For photos from the 2012 fair, visit:

For more information about The Big E, visit