Review Topic: Events & Festivals
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The Eastern States Exposition is the largest county fair held in New England each year. It takes a full day just to see most of the major exhibits so most people go for more than one day. Itís held in West Springfield, Ma. each year for 16 days. This year it opened on September 15 and will run until October 1. The gates open at 9:00 a.m. daily but most exhibits donít open until 10:00 a.m. The entry fee is $12 for adults and there are reduced rates for kids and seniors. There is plenty of parking both on site and in private lots all around the grounds for a daily fee.
Avenue of the States
At on end of the park is a row of buildings called the avenue of the states. There is one building for each of the 6 New England States. In each building there are arts and crafts, agricultural exhibits, foods from state grown products and things to sample and taste. There is also a desk dedicated to tourism in each state building where you can get maps and pamphlets for every attraction in each state.
Maine Blueberry Pie and Baked Potato
Rhode Island Clam Chowder, Clam Fritters, Clam Cakes
Connecticut Apples, Apple Pie
Massachusetts Apple Pie, Cheddar Cheese
Vermont Maple Sugar Candy, Maple Syrup, Cheese
New Hampshire Maple products, Cheese
There is much more in each building than the few I mentioned.
It takes 2 hours to get through all 6 buildings, if you're quick, so I recommend getting there early to help avoid the crowds.
There is every kind of craft that is done by people from all over. You name it, itís here for you to see and purchase. Thereís basketry, name plaques, spices, dolls, rubber stamps, dog collars, ID tags, picture frames, wooden sculptures, jewelry made from beads, shell jewelry, shell lamps, driftwood art, door mats, name tags, sign posts, handmade mailboxes, Necklaces, pewter figures, leather work belts and handbags, western cloths and boots, military surplus, glass sculpture and figurines, etcÖ..
On one portion of the grounds there is a full size amusement park. Thereís every kind of ride for young and old. They also have a midway with all kinds of games of chance. Prizes are those stuffed animals you always see. This area is for an additional charge and can get costly if you spend any amount of time there. Be careful not to let your young ones spend too much of their time and money there.
Livestock & Competitions
The 4-H clubs are represented at the fair in large numbers. They have all types of competitions foe these young adults. You can take a walk through the different buildings and see calves, cows, ponies, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, chickens, and every other type of farm animal. In the main arena there are horse jumping competitions and judging. You can take a break from a hot sun and sit down inside and relax and watch these young people compete.
Food is everywhere. You canít walk 5 steps without coming up to another food vendor. The food at all the locations is very good. You can get a quick bite or go to one of the Church run dinners and sit down with barbecued chicken and baked potatoes. Excluding the state buildings you can get; fried dough, French fries, baked potatoes with all the toppings, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, cotton candy, corn dogs, ice cream, sweet potato fries, stir fried vegetables, tempura vegetables, clam chowder, onion rings, sausage sandwiches, cold sandwiches, London broil sandwiches, chocolate eclairs, doughnuts, coffee, soda, beer, wine, muffins, fried rice, grilled chicken sandwiches, and much, much more. It can be a very filling day so be sure to pace yourself.
Better Living Center
This building contains all the new and improved kitchen gadgets that you could ever wand. If you have seen it sold on TV they will have it here. They all have professional people demonstrating and selling their wares. You will see pressure cookers, Vita Mix machines, knives, mops, dust wands, blenders, graters, choppers, slicers, and dicers. When watching the demo wait a while and a better deal will be offered by the person in charge.
A great day for you and your family. Theres even places available for a motor home if you're going to be there for several days or you're an exhibitor.
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