New Improvements to State Building Help Showcase Vermont Tradition and Emerging High-Quality Agricultural Products

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 this week in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The fair will run from September 15 – October 1. 

An already popular Big E attraction, the Vermont Building has added some new key features to help showcase Vermont products. The Journey’s End patio has been constructed in the back of the building, complete with a new performing stage, additional vendors and elegant landscaping, all replicating Vermont’s charming beauty.

The Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets has teamed up with the Department of Tourism to help spread the #thinkvt message and bring exhibitors in that demonstrate why Vermont is a special place to live, work and do business.

Gov. Phil Scott is scheduled to visit the Vermont Building on Vermont Day, Saturday, September 23.

“It's great to see our agricultural entrepreneurs get the opportunity to showcase their products at The Big E this year,” said Scott. “Our agricultural producers are known for high-quality, dependable goods, which distinguish the Vermont brand. With the sector evolving and new companies continuing to emerge in our state, the Big E represents an opportunity for growing businesses to build relationships and strengthen that brand with out-of-state consumers.”

The Vermont State Police will also be present at the fair with its recruiting message, #BeTheDifference, emphasizing Vermont and the Vermont State Police as a great place to serve your community as well as live and play.

The following Vermont companies will be featured in the Vermont Building:

American Flatbread 

Beachcomings Studio

Bear's Den Carving

Ben & Jerry's  

Cabot & Vermont Cheese

Cold Hollow Cider Mill  

Vermont Cookie Love

Danforth Pewter

Halladay's Harvest Barn

Hall Home Place

Johnson Woolen Mill

Long Trail

Mother Myrick's Confectionery

Sap! Maple Beverages

Seedsheet

Vermont Clothing Company

Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing

Vermont Flannel

Vermont Hand Crafters

Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association 

Vermont Prime Emu

Vermont Smoke & Cure

The Village Peddler

Agricola Farm

Champlain Orchards

Hempfully Green Healing

Joe's Kitchen at Screaming Ridge Farm

Maple Landmark

Skinny Pancake

Vermont Bee Balm

This year’s musical performances include…

Sat. 9/16 16 

2:00-5:00 pm “East Bay Dixieland” (Dixieland) 

Sun. 9/17  

2:00-5:00 pm “The Rix Folk Band: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Pete Seeger” (Folk)

Sat. 9/23 (Vermont Day)

10 am-Noon “Rumblecat” (Funk/Rock/Groove)

1:00-4:00 pm “Rick & The All-Star Ramblers” (Western Swing)

Sun. 9/24  

2:00-5:00 pm “Yankee Chank” (Cajun and Zydeco) 

Sat. 9/30

2:00-5:00 pm “Steve Hartman” (Vermont Singer/Songwriter)

Sun. 10/1

2:00-5:00 pm “Pete’s Posse” (Traditional and Roots) 

For more information on The Big E-Eastern States Exposition go to www.thebige.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a behind the scenes look at the Vermont Building.