State Officials Celebrate Massachusetts Day at the Big E, September 24

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MOTT Executive Director Rich Doucette and EEA Secretary Matt Beaton Welcomed Visitors to Massachusetts Day at the Big E. Photo by Phyllis Cahaly.

The Eastern States Exposition, affectionately known as the Big E, is celebrating Massachusetts Day today, with state officials from Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) and Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) on hand to welcome visitors to the Massachusetts Building, where local businesses and vendors are displaying their wares.

EEA Secretary Matthew A. Beaton and MDAR Commissioner John LeBeaux joined MOTT Executive Director Rich Doucette, who read the MassDay_BigE Massachusetts Day Proclamation from Governor Charlie Baker.

Located in West Springfield, the Big E was first launched 98 years ago in 1917 by local businessmen who wanted to display the rich agriculture and industry traditions of the 10 eastern states, from Vermont to Delaware. This year, the Big E is expected to draw over one million visitors to the 175 acre grounds over the 17 day schedule. The Big E runs through October 4, 2015.

For details on visiting Massachusetts any time of year, visit