In advance of The Big E's Centennial Season, New England Fall Events treats you to a taste of what this classic New England festival has in store for you and your family. Each of our posts leading up to their 100th year will feature a different section of the The Big E experience but if you want the whole enchilada at once, click to read our article "New England Fall Events' Complete Guide to The Big E."
|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.
Ready for more? Read our Complete Guide to New England's The Big E!