Friday, September 26, 2008
Chuck and I went to the Big E on Wednesday. The Eastern States Exposition is a combined fair for all six New England states. It began more than nine decades ago back in 1917. Fairgoers from the early 20th Century attending the Bid E today would recognize the farming and animal breed competitions. They would also be familiar with agricultural companies displaying their newest wares. But the flashing neon lights, the brightly colored flags, the cacophony of music and excited screams from the midway and the tastes of food from around the world would likely leave them slack-jawed. Heck, it leaves us slack-jawed - or as I wrote last year, gobsmacked!
The day was sunny and mild; the fairgrounds crowded but not overwhelming. We actually visited all six New England states via their individual buildings which are owned, as well as the land beneath them, by each state. So a quick trip from Connecticut to Maine was made, without the expensive gasoline and mileage. All in all, a fun day and a good change of pace.