State of Maine Building at Eastern States Expo

Mark your calendar for September 18 - October 4, 2020!

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

Future Dates:
2021 Dates: Sept. 17 - Oct. 3. 2021
2022 Dates: Sept. 16 - Oct. 2. 2022

For Fairgoers

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The Maine Building
Showcasing Maine since 1925!
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Press & Promotions
#meetMEatTheBigE
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About The Big E!
Learn about New England's Largest fair at thebige.com

For Exhibitors/Vendors

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Applications
To exhibit, present & represent Maine!
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Exhibitor Resources
Vendor Services, FAQs
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Important Dates
Event schedules & deadlines

The Maine Building

The State of Maine Building is an exhibition and trades display 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.

2019 Maine Day is September 14th

Maine Day at the Big E showcases the best of Maine to fair visitors! The day features Maine performers, artists, entertainers, youth leaders, and others with a passion for Maine. Get the Maine Day Schedule (PDF)

2019 Maine Building Vendors

2019 "Big E" Vendors Products
Alan Claude Inc. Fine graphic designs prints, calendars and cards depicting Maine and New England
Balfour Farm Certified organic, farmstead cow’s milk cheeses
Batch by Scratch Maine made ice cream and Historic Pittston Farm
Brant and Cochran American made, forged and crafted axes
Coffee and Donuts Cider donuts and Coffee By Design for you!
Fire and Company Wood Fired Pizza Wood fired pizza by the slice and whole with simple ingredients
Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. ES Classic lobster rolls for a taste of the Maine coast
Hilltop Spoonworks Quality artisan home goods crafted from Maine wood
Ledgeway Farm Soap Goats milk bar soap varieties and specialty bath products crafted on a Maine farm
Maine Aquaculture Association Smoked salmon on a stick, and Baxter Beer
Coastal Maine Popcorn Eye-popping flavors of popcorn for snacks and gifts from the coast of Maine
Maine Office of Tourism Visitor information, and resources about the Maine
Maine Potato Board The original, Maine baked potatoes with all the toppings
Noble BBQ'S French Fries & Fried Chicken Maine potato fries and fried chicken
Old Bottle Sea Glass of Maine Artifact art featuring upcycled, unique glass products for the home or gifts
The Buoy Guy Personalize buoy decorations and Maine products
The Maine Beer and Wine Booth Award winning wines and beers featuring Maine wineries and breweries
Todd's Salsa Award winning salsas in a variety of flavors
Ultimate Maine Hotdog W.A. Bean hotdogs, Morse's sauerkraut and Raye's mustard for a memorable meal!
Wicked Maine Pops Naturally, freshly made, fine gourmet and organic popsicles
Wicked Whoopies Many sizes and varieties of Maine's iconic treat, the whoopie pie
Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine Pies, crisps and great wild Maine blueberry products
Winter Whimsies Personalized ornaments

Press & Promotions

Visit thebige.com for a full list of "Big E" festivities


For Exhibitors/Vendors

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

Applications

The Agricultural Resources team within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry manages the State of Maine Building venue. We offer Maine businesses and organizations an opportunity to rent commercial space in the State of Maine Building. An application must be submitted for consideration by any interested vendor.

We aim to maintain a balance of educational and commercial exhibits in the building with an atmosphere that continues to exemplify Maine and its unique way of life. Only items which are produced, grown, crafted, manufactured or significantly altered in Maine may be sold in the Maine building.

Other exhibition opportunities during the fair:

Exhibitor Resources

The State of Maine Building is one of seven distinct buildings on the Avenue of States—including six for each New England state, and one for the Grange—located on the Eastern States Exposition (ESE) grounds.

Accommodations

This is a popular event; concessionaires, vendors and fair-goers rely on local accommodations during the multi-day fair. 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. Vendors are encouraged to select and reserve their accommodations early. If you are awarded space in the Maine Building as a vendor, please email Maine Building Management request the link for the room block. Rooms are available first come, first served. Payment is responsibility of vendor.

Directions - Note: there is significant construction in the area. Fair-goers and exhibitors are encouraged to carpool, and use available ride-sharing services when possible.

Exhibition Resources:

For All Building Vendors

For Food Vendors

Important Dates! Annual Schedule and Deadlines

Month Items Due
January Applications due, committee reviews and award recommendation is made
February-March Contract notices sent to exhibit space award recipients
April/May
  • Special activities and event forms available
  • Exhibitor agreements sent to recipients
TBD-Spring/Summer Exhibitor meeting. Eastern States Exposition Staff provide updates
July
  • First minimum payment due
  • Temporary storage requests due
  • Proof of insurance, applicable licensing and certification to lawfully conduct business due
  • Event agreements sent to special activities and event participants (e.g. Maine Day)
  • Any advance booth alterations and structural setup must be complete
September
  • Exhibition at the State of Maine Building during, The Big E!, 17 days
  • ESE Photo ID Kiosks open to obtain Exhibitor Badge
  • Fair begins the first Friday after Labor Day
  • Load in begins Monday before fair
  • Load out begins Monday after fair
November Application available online for upcoming year

Please call (207) 287-7620 or e-mail Anne.Trenholm@maine.gov to receive more information!

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