State of Maine Building at Eastern States Expo

The Big E is an annual event that begins on the second Friday after Labor Day and runs for 17 days each September.

Future Anticipated Dates:
2022 Dates: Sept. 16 - Oct. 2. 2022
2023 Dates: Sept. 15 - Oct. 1 2023
2024 Dates: Sept. 13 - Sept. 29 2024

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The Maine Building

The State of Maine Building is an exhibition venue showcasing the best of Maine to more than 850,000 visitors annually who attend "The Big E." The building is located on the grounds of Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts on the Expo’s Avenue of New England States.

The Agricultural Resource and Development Division of DACF operates and maintains the building for the purpose of ‘exhibiting, publicizing and advertising Maine's products and resources in agriculture, industry, fisheries, forests, wildlife and recreation.’ The State of Maine has participated in this exciting display of New England traditions since 1925.

Other "Big E" Activities, Events and Tickets

Visit thebige.com for a full list of "Big E" festivities, including agricultural events, and competitions, and to purchase your event tickets.


For Exhibitors/Vendors

Interested in being a part of this great event? Exhibit with us!

Applications

Applications will open soon. Please subscribe to our newsletter and bookmark this page to receive updates.

Considering applying? Read and watch the following list:

About the Venue

The Agricultural Resources team within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (MDACF) manages the State of Maine Building venue. The Building is owned by MDACF.

  • Only items which are produced, grown, crafted, manufactured or significantly altered in Maine may be sold in the Maine building.
  • Any interested Exhibitor (including businesses, collectives, co-ops, and associations) must submit a completed application for consideration.
  • If awarded space, applicants join a team of exhibitors working to showcase products, brands and services, and the best of Maine to building visitors and shoppers from across New England, parts of New York and elsewhere.
  • Maine businesses and organizations have an opportunity to rent space to sell products, or market brands and services in the State of Maine Building during the Big E!. The Maine Building attracts thousands of daily visitors during the 17-day event.

Other exhibition opportunities during the fair:

Exhibitor Resources

Exhibitor Resources is library of documents (required forms, checklists, FAQs, etc) for exhibitors. Click the plus sign next to the section to expand the full list.

FAQs, Checklists, Timelines, Directions, Maps - All Exhibitors +

Forms - Amenities and Services - All Exhibitors +

  • Temporary Storage and Delivery Request Form (PDF) - Print and complete. Due August 1. Use form to request temporary storage space on grounds, and/or request delivery driver access. Submit to: ESE C/O Derryl (Storage/Delivery Request) 1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, MA 01089
  • Internet at the Big E! - Place your order online.
  • Telephone at The Big E (PDF) - Place your phone/DSL line order
  • Accommodations: This is a popular event; select and reserve early. Accommodation payment is the Exhibitor's responsibility.
    • There are many lodging options in Western Mass.
    • Military retirees or Active Guard and Reserve members can get inexpensive lodging at The Flyers Inn on Westover Air Reserve Base in nearby Chicopee. The telephone number is (413) 593-5421.
    • On-site camping is limited; and not available to Exhibitors.
    • If you are awarded space in the Maine Building, email Maine Building Management to request room block info. Rooms are available first-come, first-served.

Forms and Requirements - Food and Beverage Exhibitors +

Fire Safety Requirements - All Exhibitors +

Important Dates! Annual Schedule and Deadlines

Month Items Due
January - March
  • Applications due for any Exhibit space
  • Applications reviewed
  • Exhibitors awardees selected Awardees announced, notice sent to applicants
April - June
  • Exhibitors read all documents and resources, including Exhibitor FAQs and “At this point in time” checklist.
  • Initial booth assignments made
  • Exhibitor invoices sent
June
  • Exhibitor meeting. Eastern States Exposition Staff provide updates
July
  • Initial payment due by Exhibitor
  • Any advance booth alterations and structural setup must be complete (available to those paid in full)
  • Important forms and documents should be completed, ready to submit
September
  • Exhibition at the State of Maine Building during, The Big E!, 17 days
  • Building Management distributes credentials on-site, at fair
  • Maine Day—first Saturday of the Fair
  • ESE Photo ID Kiosks open to obtain Exhibitor Badge
  • Fair begins the first Friday after Labor Day
October-August
  • Building is closed for off-season
November Application available online for upcoming year

Please email Maine Building Management to receive more information!