|A leisurely stroll along the Avenue|
of the States and Storrowton Village.
|Clydesdales at the afternoon parade.|
|The start of the day at The Big E.|
|Happy sheep waiting for their showing.|
|Giant rides and thrills at Midway.|
The Big E even offers strollers ($10), wagons ($15), double strollers ($15), wheelchairs ($15), and motorized scooters ($50) to rent for the day on a first come-first served availability; no reservations accepted.
|Just a taste of the maple cream cone.|
|The Big Yellow Slide accommodated|
a wedding ceremony that afternoon.
|The buildings along the Avenue of the States are modeled replicas of the original State House buildings.|
|L to R: Moxie soda souvenirs, creamy mac and cheese, and jugs of maple syrup in the NH state building.|
Experienced Big E attendees appeared to collectively browse through the buildings in a counter-clockwise direction—a crowd pattern—unofficial or not—that we got wise to a bit too late. If you think of each building as a wheel, it seemed as if those who walked through more swiftly opted to walk near the center/hub of the wheel; those who leisurely browsed or who stopped into every booth shuffled along more slowly on the perimeter.
|L to R: Whittle wood characters, Bunny Boogie hand lotions and creams, sign in the CT building points us towards NH.|
|The Lego booth inside the CT building was abuzz with fair-goers making their mini Lego cow.|
|CT booths included a confectioner serving up chocolate covered bacon, a dinosaur dig for kids, and a CT tobacconist.|
|The VT building featured a lovely stained glass transom, cheddar apple pie, and a maple candy maker.|
|Maine's state building was host to lighthouse prints for sale, handmade furniture, and the popular loaded baked potato.|
|Massachusetts' building held many food booths. The sports team cupcakes were a hit and the raspberry cups were so fresh!|
|Rhode Island touted Del's Frozen Lemonade, a giant Mr. Potato Head, and a miniature vintage Dunkin Donuts store.|
|Scenes from the peaceful Storrowton Village, The Big E's living history museum.|
|L to R: Storrowton's tinsmithing exhibit, the gazebo on the village common, and Storrowton's preserved law office.|
|John Bielik and Kevin Lynch demonstrate stunning paper marbling techniques at their Storrowtown Village exhibit.|
|Storrowton's Little Red Schoolhouse.|
|The Big E's signature cream puff.|
|L to R: Ice-cream stuffed donut vendor, lobster roll plate, and an exotic selection of wild game burgers.|
|L to R: Pulled pork food vendor, kettle corn samples in the CT building, and a Big E cream puff bakery kiosk.|
|Pork Palace's layered BBQ "sundae"|
|Deep fried candy vendor.|
|Afternoon crowds at The Big E.|
|The Big E Midway features fun for fair-goers both small and tall. Ferris Wheel, swings, thrill rides and a kiddie land.|
|Endless opportunities to shop from retail vendors at The Big E. L to R: Local wine, pots and pans, aqua massage "lung".|
|L to R: ME's Prospect Harbor Soap Company, RI's The Magic Sceptre children's book, NH's Critter Gear.|
|L to R: Find local wine and cheese in the Wine & Cheese Barn; buy a gazebo or jacuzzi at the fairgrounds.|
|The Cabot butter sculpture encased|
outside the Mallary Complex.
|Swift Swine Racing (and swimming) Pigs|
|The local 4-H clubs provide well-organized and interesting educational facts at their Mallery Complex display.|
Inside, the 4-H exhibits are thoughtful, interesting, and engaging. The display boards utilize interactive flaps, cut outs, pictures, charts, and trivia to highlight educational facts about cows and dairy. You can test your luck at naming the five most common beef breeds and learn to identify where to the pastern, poll, and dewlap are on a cow. The information is well-organized, hand-made, and useful to know for kids and adults alike. We were impressed by the intelligent exhibit the 4-H clubs presented and we appreciated that it was included in our tour of the Mallary Complex.
|The heifer showing inside the Mallary Complex. Steven Pampreen (center) preparing to show his Belted Galloway.|
We enjoyed speaking with Steven Pampreen, a teen farmer from Connecticut, who was showing his Beltie cow Bubba later that night. He explained that his cow would be judged by the measure of how well it had been cared for, its health, size, grooming, and Steven’s skillfulness in raising it to be prepared for auction three days later. We later learned that Steven placed 2nd in his class at the Junior Belted Galloway competition—nice job Steven!
|Sheep shearing demos are terrific fun!|
|Primping and prepping for the sheep showing inside the Mallary Complex.|
|Wool samples outside the Fiber Nook.|
|Snuggled in and waiting for her showing.|
|Scenes from the winners circle and presentation held inside the Coliseum.|
|The stunning entries in the quilt competition were on full display for our enjoyment. Incredible crafting talent!|
As befitting the official dessert of a fair the size of this one, these softball-sized puffs are filled fresh and busting with fluffy whipped cream. As anyone who loves pastry knows, a cream puff shouldn’t be filled too far in advance of eating lest the pastry become soggy. Here you can see The Big E bakers stuffing your puff while you wait.
|Kid-focused educational exhibits at Farm-A-Rama where children can learn about raising livestock.|
|Children delighted in the livestock display held inside the Stroh Building's Farm-A-Rama exhibit.|
|L to R: Pumpkin decorated as a chicken, pumpkin fun facts, the elaborate anaerobic digestion diorama.|
|Clydesdale horses await the start|
of the afternoon parade festivities.
The Circus Museum
|The sandwich board invited us in.|
|Just a sample of Clyde Reynolds' detailed circus wagons on parade inside The Big E's Miniature Circus Museum.|
|A miniature sneak peak into circus life in front of the tent, under the tent, and circus life behind the scenes.|
|Miniature Ringling Bros. Circus display|
|Relaxing in the Farm-a-Rama Exhibit.|
There is a drop-off area if you don’t plan to park or if you wish to drop off part of your group while your driver parks in a lot down the road.
Bring cash as the parking lots do not accept plastic.
|A detailed lion taming scene created |
in miniature at the circus museum.
|Painted squash entries at the veggie |
display inside the Stroh building.
|A goat awaits his afternoon showing|
inside the Mallary Complex.
|Sample award-winning local cheese.|