Massachusetts Day is Celebrated at The Big E Fair in W. Springfield

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The Big E Fair, one of New England’s most iconic annual events, celebrated Massachusetts Day on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Eastern States Exposition grounds in W. Springfield.

One of six original statehouse replicas representing each New England state, the Massachusetts State Exposition Building showcases the finest in Massachusetts agriculture, culture, commerce, and tourism through informational, educational, promotional and retail exhibits.

Governor Charlie Baker called Massachusetts Day “a perfect opportunity for fairgoers to learn about the many diverse businesses here in Massachusetts producing high-quality local products….We encourage all residents to visit The Big E and buy local, whether from the Massachusetts Building or your local farmers’ market.”

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said Massachusetts Day “is an opportunity to celebrate Massachusetts farms and our focus on selling fresh food products to people across the Commonwealth.”

Public officials and organizers held a brief speaking program on the front lawn of the Massachusetts Building to usher in Massachusetts Day. Among the speakers were Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux, Assistant Secretary for Business Development & International Trade Nam Pham, and Executive Director of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism Francois-Laurent Nivaud.

Assistant Secretary Pham said the Made in Massachusetts theme that characterized The Big E since 1917 “remains a central part of the Bay State’s 21st century narrative.”

MOTT Executive Director Nivaud presented a Massachusetts Day proclamation from the Governor’s Office to Gene Cassidy, president & CEO of Eastern States Exposition and The Big E.

The state’s tourism industry used Massachusetts Day as an opportunity to share vacation literature with the thousands of visitors who attended The Big E

On display were agricultural commodity groups and commercial vendors set up to sell and promote Massachusetts products such as maple syrup, Finnish pancakes, bread pudding, honey, dairy products, fruit, wine, lobster rolls, chili and variety of baked goods. In addition, Massachusetts small businesses sell locally made goods such as braided rugs, hand crafted candles, soaps, chocolate and jewelry.

Nivaud urged attendees to visit the tourism pavilion in the Massachusetts Building, “where our staff and volunteers can share their knowledge about vacation destinations, itineraries and travel offers to make your visit to Massachusetts unforgettable.”

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Photo: MOTT staff Ricky Guillaume & Phyllis Cahaly at The Big E.

A highlight of this year’s Massachusetts Building is a Dr. Seuss-themed installation celebrating the new “Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum” at the Springfield Museums. It includes historical information on the creator of the books, Theodore Seuss Geisel, and how his childhood in Springfield, MA influenced the imagery and themes of his popular books.

“It is an honor to be featured in the Massachusetts Building,” said Springfield Museums President Kay Simpson. “We are excited to represent one of the many reasons Massachusetts is a great place to be.”

The Big E runs through October 1, 2017. For information about visiting Greater Springfield and the Pioneer Valley, go to ValleyVisitor.com. To visit Massachusetts any time of year, go to MassVacation.com.