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 Avenue of the States
|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.|
Inside the state building here at The Big E, Rhode Island is lovingly honored at the “My Little Town” collectible booth, Autocrat and Eclipse coffee syrup ornaments, RI-manufactured drill bits, bread bowl chowders, Kenyon’s Grist Mill Clam Cakes, seafood, Del’s Frozen Lemonade, handmade children’s clothing, jewelry, tea, and others.