The New Hampshire building at The Big E in West Springfield, Mass., in this 2016 image, is a replica of the first state house that stood in Portsmouth before Concord became the Granite State's center of government. It was the first time the Big E was canceled since World War II and only the third time in the exposition’s 103-year history. And, it’s even worse if you’re the Eastern States Exposition itself. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. "We've been working very hard," Cassidy said. "We still can't go into bars," Reichelt said. I guess that is some people's idea of fun. Renowned theater group Shakespeare & Company has been given the go-ahead by the town of Lenox to convert its grounds into a temporary drive-in movie theater this summer. The organization previously canceled all live performances because of the coronavirus pandemic. "I think that for the greater Springfield regional economy we were being treated as if we were the hot spot that Boston was," Cassidy said. State officials have had enough cash on hand since the pandemic struck in mid-March to keep up with bill payments, including large monthly local aid payments, but are now dipping into a line of credit, just in case they run into problems. "It definitely hurts. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. “We are trying to increase our delivery business. Big E canceled | … A quiet fairgrounds in 2020 is a disconcerting though for people who look forward each year to the 17-day fair, a more than century-old event that drew a record 1.7 million people in 2019. cities & towns labeled high risk for COVID, Mass. The Big E has been cancelled for 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Menu. As a society, we've given up on experts. He started the company 15 years ago and V-One’s been at the fair for 14 years, growing from one little bar to in the Young Building to six sites on the fairgrounds in 2019. Hopefully, we can do something to make up the difference.”, V-One Vodka founder Paul Kozub shows off a drink during a preview for the fair in August 2018. “We give all that money back,” she said. We hope that you continue to enjoy our free content. This comment naturally got me thinking what the best way to do that would be. Video Message from our President/CEO Gene Cassidy. I would guess you could start in Enfield CT, drive up through the Pioneer Valley to Brattleboro, and then go across NH to Kittery, ME. The town’s zoning board voted 5-0 to approve a three-month special permit for the drive-in, according to The Berkshire Eagle. There will be a few things happening in the grounds in the coming days – livestock judging open only to participants with the public barred, a drive-through food promotion of culinary delights loved by fairgoers – but otherwise a quiet September on Memorial Avenue. He's going to try an bridge the gap by posting Youtube videos demonstrating the special V-one cocktails he'd hoped to introduce at the fair. Approximately 1.6 million people attend the annual event. WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WFSB) -- The annual Big E festival may have been cancelled this year, but would-be fair-goers can still enjoy the annual event, virtually. (Don Treeger / The Republican)Staff-Shot. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. “It’s very depressing for all of us,” said Eugene Cassidy, the Eastern States president and CEO. Body aches, sore throat, fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue and headaches are symptoms shared by the two. Being robbed of exposure also hurts Rhode Island favorite Del’s Lemonade, says Demetrios Kazantzis, vice president of development for the brand. "We're missing it. ), Never understood why the Big E never got much love in eastern mass. That sounds like a lot. CHECK OUT WCVB:Get the latest Boston news, weather and sports online, anytime. “We still can’t go into bars,” Reichelt said. September 18 - October 4, 2020. But it’s difficult as Vermont Day, alone, usually meant 170,000 visitors, according to Scott Waterman, policy and communications director for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. Costco, for instance, can have 1,000 people in its West Springfield store, he says, but the exposition, with a bigger building, can only put 50 people into it. “It’s a rough one this year,” said association president Sara Boucher, a firefighter-paramedic with the department. “We’re trying to find ways to generate some revenue in order to sustain the organization. "We've been talking about different ways we can raise funds without the Big E over the next year. The Eastern States entered the pandemic with 29 full-time employees. The annual fair held in West Springfield, Massachusetts has been called off due to the threat the virus has. 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