WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The party is over. After a hugely successful run, all that’s left to do at The Big E is to cleanup.
With a record number of people attending the event this year, it’s a bigger job than ever putting the fairgrounds back to its original form.
The vendors, ride operators, and workers are getting out of dodge. Monday was getaway day at the Eastern States Exposition in full swing.
After picture perfect weather and record shattering crowds, it’s time to pack up and pick up what’s left
“It breaks down really fast. It takes a couple three weeks to build it all up, but it will disappear within probably three days. I think by Wednesday…Thursday mid-morning, you won’t know know that the fair happened,” says Eugene Cassidy, President of the Eastern States Exposition.
It did happen, for 17 days, for vendors like Millie’s Pierogi, it was an unqualified success.
“It’s been probably one of our better fairs ever. The weather…you couldn’t get more perfect weather than this and the people were nice and its always nice when you get new people in from all over the state,” adds Bill Kerrigan from Millie’s Pierogi.
Many of these food trucks wont get much a break before opening for business again
Cassidy explains, “They will be all spic and span, go over the road, and most of them will be operational probably within the next five to six days.”
Kerrigan adds, “We have to take all the fencing down. We have to get the back tent all down and then we have to fold the trailer up. We are trying to clean it as we go along.”
And with literally tons of great food served, its only natural to look for leftovers.
“[Do you have any leftover fried dough for us Gene? In your pocket...are you hiding it?] The leftover fried dough, you can use as a boat anchor,” Cassidy says.
Many of the vendors and ride operators will head south to open for business again at various fairs throughout the fall.