WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The 2012 Big E officially came to a close Sunday night with a record setting 1.3 million visitors. With big crowds at a big fair, now comes a big cleanup effort.
It was quite a ride. Well over a million people enjoyed the food, rides, and shows at this year’s Big E.
Whats left behind will take days to clean up and ship out.
“It starts today…actually it started last night, says Conrad Halberg of Springfield.
The 17 day event wrapped up at 9:00 last night, but was just the start of a long night for The Big E crews.
“As soon as they closed the gates last night, they started tearing down the rides around 10 or 11 o’clock last night. They got a good jump on it and if you look down at carny land, all the big rides are already down so they are on top of it,” adds Tony Lezinski, one of the Eastern State’s grounds workers, from Springfield.
Halberg, who is helping clean up the Massachusetts Building along the Avenue of the States says that they “Gotta wash all the trash barrels and compactors and floors and all the mess.”
A good kind of mess for Gina Calabrese who did brisk business selling candy apples at the fair
“Everything..from top to bottom needs to be cleaned…We had a great season,” says Calabrese.
And now the big scrub down for The Big E
“The fair itself…they got a couple days work with all the rubbish that’s left behind. Maintenance is going to have a couple fun days ahead of them,” says Lezinski.
Calabrese adds that the work will continue even after they leave West Springfield. “We will be out of here today. We will be done but we clean everything at our location,” she says.
And in eleven and half shorts months, it will start all over again for the next fair, which runs from September 13 to 29, 2013.
Many of the midway carnival rides will be heading south for state fairs in South Carolina.