Eastern States Exposition

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The Eastern States Exposition (Big E) is an annual event that takes place in West Springfield, MA. This event is held each September and attracts over 1 million visitors yearly during the seventeen days of the fair. The State of Maine has participated in this exciting display of New England traditions since 1925.

A unique feature of this annual fall classic is the Avenue of States, which is comprised of six exhibition halls which are replicas of architecturally significant buildings from each of the New England States. The State of Maine Building, which was built in 1925, was designed by John Calvin Stevens -- Maine’s premier architect. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is pleased to have the responsibility of managing this program for the State of Maine.

The purpose of our program at the Big E is to 'exhibit, publicize, and advertise Maine’s products and resources in agriculture, industry, fisheries, wildlife and recreation.' The State of Maine has had an excellent reputation for providing a quality representation of Maine and its resources to the visitors that come to our building each year. We are committed to continuing to present this high-caliber exhibit while expanding our base of exhibitors. More than 850,000 of the fairgoers visit the state buildings affording a tremendous opportunity to promote Maine and Maine products.

The 2015 “Big E” will take place from September 18th thru October 4th  and there will be a special day dedicated to our great state, “Maine Day” will take place on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015.

Interested in being a part of this great event? Exhibit with us!

We are currently offering the opportunity for Maine businesses and organizations to rent commercial space in the State of Maine Building for the year 2015. We will maintain a balance of educational and commercial exhibits in the building with an atmosphere that continues to exemplify Maine and its unique way of life. Only items which are produced, grown, crafted, manufactured or significantly altered in Maine may be sold in the Maine building.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry invites Maine businesses and organizations to apply for exhibit space in the State of Maine Building, contact us for more information on how to be a part of this event or view the application materials below.

Participate in Maine Day!

We are always exploring ways to make Maine Day the best showcase of our great state. If you or your group are interested in participating in some way in the parade, entertainment or special programs throughout the day we want to hear from you!

Thank you for your interest in representing the State of Maine at this event!

Please call (207) 287-7620 or e-mail samantha.howard@maine.gov to receive more application or participation information!
For more information on the Big-E festivities, visit: http://www.thebige.com/fair/