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Big E, Teddy Bear Pools Settle Dispute

Ryan's Big E picsWEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – The Big E and Teddy Bear Pools have settled their differences.

The two have been in a legal dispute after the Big E told Ted Hebert, owner of Teddy Bear Pools, who has publicly opposed a casino in town, that his business is no longer welcome as an exhibitor at the fair.

Hebert was very vocal when it came to Hard Rock Casino’s proposal for a casino on the Big E grounds in West Springfield. Hebert’s lawyer, Paul Rothschild, said that decision to publicly oppose the Hard Rock proposal was not popular with Eugene Cassidy, the President and CEO of the Eastern States Exposition.

Each year the Big E exhibitors are sent a letter encouraging them to sign up for the following year’s fair. For 28 years Ted Hebert received such a letter at the beginning of December. This year he received nothing.

But Rothschild announced Thursday that Teddy Bear Pools has renewed its relationship with the Big E. He said they’re “looking forward to a peaceful future relationship.” Though he did not disclose the terms of the settlement.



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