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Visiting The Big E on a Small Budget

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Going to the fair can indeed break the bank, but it is very possible to go to The Big E on a small budget.

There are smart choices you can make before even walking into the gate.

“We did a five dollar parking lot and it really wasn’t far away at all. There was a $15 and just a block down was a $5,” says Jonathan Gustavson, who was here Tuesday from Conn. with five other members of his family.

Admission into the fair could be the biggest expense of the day. A way to cut cost for tickets is to come after 5 p.m. and the price is slashed from $15 to just $6.

Now, planning your activities ahead of time will help out a lot.

If you are going to spend the whole day in the Midway, the best bet is to invest in a wristband. For $25, it gets you unlimited rides all day long.

However, if you’re really looking to save, the smarter choice to not spend a penny.

You can stay busy all day, for free!

“We like all the farm stuff. We go watch the baby chicks being unhatched. There are also pig races and horse shows,” says Christine Gustavson.

For entertainment, there are jugglers, the Galaxy Girl, talented pups, and music performances.

Sometimes you have to just shop around for the bargain. At most locations, water is 2-for-$5, but in the state buildings, it’s only a $1.

And of course, a meal can get pricey, but there are many selections for $5 dollars or less, including the Maine baked potato and three items off the menu at the Firehouse, just to name a few.

Sharing a meal is also a great way to save some dough.

“We get something that everyone can have so we can kind of sample everything,” says Christine.

Before you come to the fair, plan ahead with how much you want to spend.