WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –Droves of people as far as the eye can see.
It looks like any other at The Big E. Beautiful weather attracting record numbers of fair goers this time around, making this year the most attended in its history. “This is my 20th fair, I don’t remember weather this good in 20 years. We set attendance records on the opening Friday, the middle Friday, this past Thursday, and yesterday in a big way,” said The Big E’s President, Gene Cassidy.
The attendance record was set Saturday with more than 1.3 million visitors. Even more to come Sunday, translates into dollars for local businesses that set up shop at The Big E. “Weather’s been spectacular. It really couldn’t have been better for us.. This is the best for us. Generally, there’s about 4-5 days of rain,” said White Hut owner E.J. Barkett. “At least we’re back up there on the map. We exist. We sit up there on Route 57 in Southwick, you fly by there. Thanks to The Big E, you know where we are now. It’s wonderful,” Joe Deedy added, owner of Moolicious Farms.
The food is certainly a popular attraction that’ll be missed. “It’s a lot of food, it’s a lot of fattening food, so I’m going to be like, on a binge diet for the rest of the week,” laughed Douglas Clemons.
The strange moments will, too. “Some lady just said she was homeless, and she didn’t have money, but how did she pay for admission?” Tina Raffa giggled. Some might even miss the rides. No matter what you fancy, you can probably find it there. As for local businesses, it will certainly leave a lasting impact.
Either way, the countdown is already on to next year’s fair– when it begins on Sept. 12th, 2014.
The grand closing is tonight, when the beach boys hit the Xfinity Arena stage at 7:30 pm.