Friday night Billy Currington took the stage as the first of three big name acts this weekend.
“We save a lot of programming for the final weekend so people understand that the same quality fair they expected on day one is also gonna be day seventeen,” said Eugene Cassidy, Big E President.
Saturday comedian Jeff Dunham will perform in front of a sold out audience and on Sunday it’s Alan Jackson’s turn, also a sold out event.
The fair has set six records for attendance and Cassidy believes it will continue through the weekend.
“I think if the weather holds out for tomorrow and Sunday we are not gonna hit the record, but exceed the record by double digits,” said Cassidy.
A hundred and forty thousand people are needed to reach 1.3 million, according to Cassidy. The current record for all 17 days is 1,260,000, which was set back in 2009.
The million people who have attended so far are also picking up some of the fairs new and popular foods.
As of Friday night about 69,000 potatoes from the Maine building have been baked and served. The signature cream puffs and eclairs combined total more than 70,000 and Opa Opa has gone through more than 52 kegs. All expect to add to those numbers over the next two days.